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Hare Votes to Begin Redeployment from Iraq

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Location: Washington, DC

Hare Votes to Begin Redeployment from Iraq

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted in favor of legislation which requires President Bush to start the redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq within 30 days of enactment, with a goal for completion by December 15, 2008.

"If enacted, this legislation would represent the beginning of the end of the war in Iraq," Hare said. "Like my constituents, I believe now is the time to bring our troops home in a safe and orderly fashion."

President Bush asked Congress for an additional $200 billion for Iraq. The House instead voted for a $50 billion package that institutes a redeployment timeline while providing our troops in harms way with the resources they need. "Our troops and their families have sacrificed greatly and deserve our utmost support," Hare said. "I believe the best way to support our troops is to change the direction of President Bush's failed policy in Iraq."

President Bush has now requested a total of $804 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, shortchanging important domestic priorities like health care and education in the process. This week, the Joint Economic Committee released a report showing that the war in Iraq could cost over $3.5 trillion if we continue to stay the course there. This includes caring for the scores of injured veterans that will inevitably enter the VA system as the result of a war without end.

"We need to bring our troops home so we can begin investing in the American people again—including our brave military veterans," Hare concluded. "I urge the Senate to pass this bill and the President to sign it."

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