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Three months ago, our country held an election that was regarded as a referendum on the war in Iraq. By returning Democrats to power, voters confirmed what reputable public opinion polls had been indicating for several years: A solid majority of the American people no longer approve of President Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq.

On January 5th, the newly elected Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader sent President Bush their fourth in a series of letters (Jul '06, Sep '06, Oct '06, Jan '07) requesting him to begin the phased redeployment of our military forces. In their latest letter, they also urged him to reject his reported plan to increase troop levels because, "Surging forces is a strategy that you have already tried and that has already failed." Five days later, however, the key feature of his New Way Forward was revealed to be the commitment of more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq.

During the congressional week of 5-9 February, the Senate allowed partisan politics to prevent it from passing legislation that opposed this latest troop surge. The House of Representatives then scheduled a debate and vote on its own shorter, more focused version during the week of 12-16 February. Because these are concurrent resolutions, they must be passed in the same form by both the Senate and House. Because they are also non-binding, they will need overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate if they are to have any chance of deterring President Bush from pursuing this latest troop surge. We therefore urge each of you to rise above partisan politics, uphold the will of the people, and pass whichever one can attract the most support.

We know that voting against policies of our nation's Commander-in-Chief during a time of war can be a difficult decision, especially if he is the leader of your political party. However, being a member of Congress was never intended to be easy. As Republican Senator Hagel said during a recent speech: "This is a tough business. But is it any tougher us having to take a tough vote, express ourselves and have the courage to step up, than what we're asking our young men and women to do? I don't think so!"

Text of the House of Representatives Resolution
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That---

(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and

(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

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