Thursday, April 26, 2007

Press release: "Hagel Statement on Vote in Favor of War Supplemental Spending Bill"

The second of two press releases today from the Senate office of Chuck Hagel:
Hagel Statement on Vote in Favor of War Supplemental Spending Bill

April 26th, 2007 - Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) released the following statement today regarding his vote in favor of the Iraq War Supplemental spending bill:

“I do not believe the current policy we have in Iraq is worthy of the sacrifices our troops are making and I will not continue to support it. Given a choice between the two options of voting for this bill or supporting the current course we are on in Iraq, I chose to vote for this bill. We need a change of policy.

“The President will veto this legislation and we will find ourselves at a crossroads. The Administration and Congress must find a responsible common ground on a new Iraq policy that funds our troops, strips the unnecessary spending out of this bill, addresses our national interests in Iraq and the Middle East, and presses the Iraqi government to find a political accommodation and make the tough choices they need to make in order to govern and defend their country. This is a time for responsible government and far-sighted leadership. We cannot and will not continue to be an occupying presence in Iraq,” Hagel said.

1 comment:

William Dalton said...

I really like what Senator Hagel has done here and on the subject of illegal immigration. He speaks truthfully and imaginatively, without being unduly offensive to the sensibility of pro-Bush Republicans.

What will be helpful is if he can now be seen as instrumental in enacting both this immigration proposal and a compromise funding bill for the troops in Iraq.

Then the party apparatchiks will have to take him seriously in the Presidential race.