U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) released the following statement tonight after President Obama addressed the nation and outlined the first steps in the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan:
"I commend the President for honoring our men and women in uniform and acknowledging their bravery and sacrifice over the last decade. A nation at war comes at a great cost to its people.
"While I'm encouraged that President Obama is keeping his word to bring our troops home, I believe the time is right for a more accelerated drawdown. We must have a fundamental change in mission in Afghanistan focused on counter terrorism just like what we saw work with the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden."