The Leader's Report: Week of January 22, 2007

For Immediate Release:

January 26, 2007

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

Earlier today, I gave a speech at the Brookings Institution regarding the situation in Iraq, and how Congressional Democrats plan to move forward.
 
In the speech, I discussed my firm belief that the international community has a continuing obligation to ensure that Iraq becomes a secure, stable nation.  One of the best ways to achieve this outcome is to increase diplomatic ties and economic assistance to Iraq. 
 
In the coming days, a resolution on Iraq will be debated on the House floor, and I expect it to pass with bipartisan support.  Beyond this resolution, Congressional Democrats are united behind three main propositions: shifting primary responsibility to the Iraqis so that US troops may focus on logistics, force protection, and counter-terrorism; phased redeployment within six months; and pursuing an aggressive diplomatic strategy, including a Dayton-like peace conference.
 
Additionally, the House will conduct the oversight hearings that have been sorely missing during the nearly four years of this war.  Based upon the information and ideas developed in these hearings, we will then explore appropriate ways to affect the policy and strategy being pursued in Iraq.  Possible vehicles include the upcoming Supplemental, the Defense Authorization Bill, the State Department Authorization Bill, and possibly a revised authorization for the use of military force in Iraq that more accurately reflects the mission of our troops on the ground.
 
It is time for a change in Iraq.  To read the full text of my speech, please visit the link listed in the section below.
 
With kind personal regards, I am
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer
STENY H. HOYER
 
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