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Statement On President Obama's Decision To Send Additional Troops To Afghanistan

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I have great respect for the President and I know he didn't come to this decision lightly.

I was glad to hear the President talk about starting to bring troops home tonight, but I don't agree with him that we should start increasing troop levels first.

I'm very concerned with the additional costs of sending more troops. Every day I think about the number of people here in Maine who are out of work and the small businesses that are struggling to survive or expand. Maine's share in the wars we've been fighting equals more than $2.5 billion so far and given our pressing needs here at home, I don't think it's the right time to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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