Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Announces His Vote on H.R.1591, the Iraq War Supplemental

March 22, 2007
Press Release

Washington, DC -- This morning, Congressman Steve Cohen announced his intention to vote for the H.R.1591, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act of 2007.

 

Congressman Cohen stated on the House floor, “On Monday, I spoke on this floor about a conflict I had in supporting this measure because I want peace in our world and I want our troops to come home. I asked for my constituents to let me know how they felt. Hundreds of people responded with emails and phone calls and I appreciate each of them.  They want us to support our troops, they want to bring our troops home from Iraq and they want to take care of our Veterans.  The most effective way to accomplish those things is to vote for this bill.  This will be the first step in ending the war in Iraq, taking care of our veterans but at the same time supporting our troops.  I’m proud to be a member of this Congress and to vote aye today on this bill.”

 

After concluding his remarks on the House floor Congressman Cohen continued, “I had to make a decision about whether I would support the President’s open-ended commitment to a failed strategy in Iraq which basically just throws more resources at the Iraq situation without a plan to bring our troops home or H.R.1591 which provides a plan for withdrawal of our troops, along with real consequences for failing to reach those benchmarks in the plan to withdraw from Iraq.  While I firmly believe we should never have been in Iraq in the first place, we are there now and I feel strongly that we need to have a real plan that supports our troops and our veterans and begins the process of bringing them home.  My vote is intended to get the U.S. out of Iraq.”

 

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Marilyn Dillihay, Press Secretary, (202) 225-3265