Congresswoman Maloney's Statement on the Responsible Redeployment of Iraq Act
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) submitted the following statement on the “Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act” (H.R. 2956) into the official congressional record today. H.R. 2956 passed the House, 223 to 201.
I rise today in strong support of H.R. 2956, the “Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.”
This legislation would accomplish what the majority of the American people have said over and over that they support - the redeployment of American troops from Iraq. H.R. 2956 would require this redeployment to begin within 120 days with completion to a limited presence by April 1, 2008.
The evidence continues to mount that the surge is not working. More than 3,500 troops have lost their lives and more than 26,000 have been wounded since this war began. The costs are too great to continue this failed policy.
The progress report that was presented to Congress today states that the Iraqi government has made limited progress in meeting political, economic, or security benchmarks and in some instances has made virtually no progress at all. The President said that when the Iraqis stand up, our troops will stand down. More than four years later, we are still waiting.
Increasingly, Republican Senators are coming forward to announce that they support a change in policy in Iraq. I am glad that they are finally accepting what many of us have been saying for months. Yet the President continues to dig in by promoting his failed policy against the will of the American people and despite dwindling support within his own party.
This bill establishes a new direction for our forces in Iraq. I urge my colleagues to listen to their constituents, and support this legislation.