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Rep. Waters Calls for A Full and Comprehensive Debate on the Iraq War

July 30, 2009
Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), the Chair and Founder of the ‘Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus, issued the following statement on the announcement that the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war:

"I was pleased to see the article in The Hill announcing that Majority Leader Boehner will finally permit the House of Representatives to debate the war in Iraq.  This debate is long overdue.

"For months, I, and my colleagues in the ‘Out of Iraq' Caucus, have called for a debate on the Iraq war.  We have worked hard to push the Republicans to agree to a debate.  And they have finally agreed.  Now, we must make sure that the debate is substantive, fair and allotted a generous amount of debate time for this vital issue.

"We must debate all aspects of this war – the alleged links to al Qaeda and the hyping of pre-war intelligence by the Administration, the decision to end inspections by the United Nations, the number of troops deployed to Iraq and the adequacy of these figures, the inadequate equipment our soldiers were provided, no-bid contracts with an emphasis on Halliburton and its subsidiaries, the military operations, prison abuse, the elections -- and the many other related issues.

"The debate will be a failure and an inaccurate representation if Members are not allowed to address these and all the other issues surrounding this war.  I urge the Majority Leader to schedule this debate as soon as possible so that we may develop policy that will bring our soldiers home and conclude our involvement in this ill-conceived war.  The lives of our soldiers, not to mention thousands of Iraqis, depend on the success of these debates."

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is the Founder and Chair of the 72-member ‘Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus.  The Caucus was formed in June 2005 to pressure the Administration to conclude the war in Iraq as soon as possible.