Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will be ending the war in Iraq and bringing all remaining troops home by the end of the year:
"Today, President Obama fulfilled a promise he made to the American people in 2008. He made it possible for the U.S. to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home. He inherited these wars when he took office, but thanks to the President's responsible strategy to work with our allies and bring our efforts in Iraq to a close, we've already seen thousands of troops come home. By bringing an end to this era in our nation's history, President Obama once again has helped restore our standing in the world.
"Simply put, the President's leadership has made our nation stronger and more secure and he has once again proven his strength as our Commander-in-Chief.
"Today's announcement comes at a time when America has shown enormous strength in advancing our national security. We have decimated al Qaeda's leadership and put them on a path to defeat, while also helping the Libyan people bring an end to the Qaddafi regime.
"As we end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will redouble our efforts at home, rebuilding the American economy, restoring the American dream for our children, and ensuring our returning veterans can get jobs, housing, and the health care they deserve after honorably serving our country. We thank all of our service members for making America safer and stronger."