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House Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2007 :: 1:01:14 to 1:07:38
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Robert E. Andrews

0:56:51 to 1:01:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert E. Andrews

Robert E. Andrews

1:01:00 to 1:01:14( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: pro tempore: mr. schiff is recognized for the balance of the time. mr. schiff: mr. speaker, it's been nearly four years since president bush ordered american military forces into iraq with

Adam B. Schiff

1:01:14 to 1:01:29( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: the intention of toppling the government to saddam hussein. now after more than 3,100 troops have been lost and this nation has spent in excess of $365 billion, we find ourselves at a crossroads.

Adam B. Schiff

1:01:14 to 1:07:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Adam B. Schiff

Adam B. Schiff

1:01:29 to 1:01:44( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: do we endorse the president's decision to escalate the conflict or do we as a co-equal branch of government exercise our prerogative to have a change in force? in october, 2002, i voted for the resolution

Adam B. Schiff

1:01:44 to 1:01:56( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: authorizing the use of military force in iraq based on three assumptions. first, that the intelligence community correctly assessed that iraq had active stockpiles of chemical and biological

Adam B. Schiff

1:01:56 to 1:02:11( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: weapons and was pursuing a nuclear bomb. second, that president bush would exhaust all diplomatic efforts to resolve the international community's standoff with iraq over its weapons programs. and,

Adam B. Schiff

1:02:11 to 1:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: third, that if the president determined that a resort to force was necessary, the prosecution of the war and its aftermath would be competently managed by the president and his administration.

Adam B. Schiff

1:02:24 to 1:02:38( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: each of these assumptions proved to be wrong. iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and no nuclear program. president bush did not exhaust all diplomatic efforts, and perhaps most tragically,

Adam B. Schiff

1:02:38 to 1:02:52( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: his administration made terrible, costly and repeated blunders in its conduct of the war. i've been to iraq three times to visit our troops and to thank them for their service and their sacrifice.

Adam B. Schiff

1:02:52 to 1:03:05( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: i have met the families of five soldiers and marines from my district who have been lost in iraq. i have visited with our wounded here and overseas. words cannot convey the admiration

Adam B. Schiff

1:03:05 to 1:03:24( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: that i have for the magnificent job that these men and women, many of them still in their late teens and early 20's, are doing on behalf -- on our behalf in iraq. whatever failings have thereby

Adam B. Schiff

1:03:24 to 1:03:37( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: in the prosecution of this war by the administration, our troops have performed magnificently in rechted conditions and -- retched conditions. we must and we will continue to ensure

Adam B. Schiff

1:03:37 to 1:03:52( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: that they have the resources they need to do their jobs and to come home safely. and once they are home, we will provide them with the care and benefits that they have paid for in blood.

Adam B. Schiff

1:03:52 to 1:04:07( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: unlike some of my friends in the minority, i have never construed support for the troops to require a blind, unquestioning and slavish devotion to the executive, on when the executive is wrong,

Adam B. Schiff

1:04:07 to 1:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: even when its policies will clearly not achieve the desired result and even when those very policies place our troops unnecessarily and unproductively at greater risk. on the contrary, on the contrary,

Adam B. Schiff

1:04:21 to 1:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: an engaged congress is essential to meaningful support for the troops. on many occasions here on the house floor, in committee, and in meetings with senior officials, i have pressed for accountability,

Adam B. Schiff

1:04:35 to 1:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: oversight and a more vigorous commitment to force protection. in october, 2003, i voted against the $87 billion iraq supplemental because i believed it shortchanged security for our troops and

Adam B. Schiff

1:04:48 to 1:05:03( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: allocated too much for no big contracts. now more than three years later, our reconstruction efforts in iraq are a disaster and a national disgrace. too many of our troops still ride into battle

1:05:03 to 1:05:14( Edit History Discussion )

in vehicles that are not properly protected against i.e.d.'s and other weapons. last june, i voted against the administration's stay the course resolution that sought to conflat the war -- i

1:05:14 to 1:05:24( Edit History Discussion )

thank the gentleman. last june i voted against the administration's stay the course resolution that sought to conflat the war in iraq with the entire struggle against al qaeda, even as it failed

1:05:24 to 1:05:37( Edit History Discussion )

to acknowledge that our strategy to stabilize the country was not working and that the country was slipping into civil war. now against the advice of congress, the bipartisan iraqi group,

1:05:37 to 1:05:50( Edit History Discussion )

most military experts and the american people, president bush has determined that victory in iraq can be achieved by deploying 21,000 additional combat troops to baghdad. regrettably, i cannot

Adam B. Schiff

1:05:50 to 1:06:02( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: see how this escalation can be successful. instead, i believe it will further the cycle of dependency that has allowed iraq's shiite-dominated government to avoid making compromises with

Adam B. Schiff

1:06:02 to 1:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: sunnis and to avoid capable security forces. it will increase the strain on our military at a time when the army and marines are already stretched to the breaking point. and most of all, it

Adam B. Schiff

1:06:14 to 1:06:29( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: will deepen our military commitment to iraq at a time when there is a national consensus that we should be taking steps to reduce our combat role and reinvigorate the diplomatic process. the

Adam B. Schiff

1:06:29 to 1:06:41( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: administration minority charge that those who do not support the escalation have no plan -- may i have an additional 30 seconds? the administration minority charge that those who do not support

Adam B. Schiff

1:06:41 to 1:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: the escalation have no plan and that this is the only possible path to success. i disagree. the iraq study group laid out a strategy that centered around a reduced american combat presence

Adam B. Schiff

1:06:53 to 1:07:03( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: in iraq, increased efforts to train iraqi forces, increased pressure on the iraqis to make compromises and regional conference to handle out a common approach to iraq. this resolution is a clear

Adam B. Schiff

1:07:03 to 1:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: message to the president that his approach has lost the confidence of this house and we need a change of direction. i hope he chooses to take our council, but he should be aware that the days of a

Adam B. Schiff

1:07:14 to 1:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: rubber stamped congress are over, and we are willing to take other steps to insist on charting a new course in iraq. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman

Adam B. Schiff

1:07:25 to 1:07:38( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: from michigan. mr. hoekstra: at this time i'd like to yield five minutes to my colleague from texas, judge carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr.

John R. Carter

1:07:38 to 1:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: carter: thank you, mr. speaker. many of my years i spent being a trial judge in my beloved state of texas. and as we are trying to make these decisions here today, i think there is is a good

John R. Carter

1:07:38 to 1:14:18( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John R. Carter

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