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From the Library of Congress:
MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE -- (House of Representatives - June 15, 2006)

Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, their side of the aisle, your side of the aisle, has a major problem. Yesterday, Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki suggested that they would provide amnesty for those people who killed or who wounded our soldiers. We are going to see who are the patriots here in the future.

In a speech that Jack Murtha gave on April 20 this year, he started off by talking about President Teddy Roosevelt. He said, ``There must be no criticism of the President or that we have to stand by the President right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.''

You are going to have to explain that. You made a very big mistake. I voted for the war, for the efforts of the President, the Chief, the Commander in Chief in December of 2002. And here we are a few years later, looking back at what that decision was based upon.

Talk about impunity, we have had people come on the floor in the last 2 years to impugn this gentleman's character. The CIA impugned the very facts that the administration has tried to provide. Every day a former CIA agent says that this administration failed to listen to the advice and counsel of those folks who have boots on the ground. That is a shame.

And the other side, the other side has simply provided a rubber stamp, a rubber stamp to all of the policies. You have mindlessly rubber-stamped the mismanagement that has cost our sons, and you may laugh, these are our sons and daughters, our sons and daughters their lives.

And now, here we are today--considering a partisan, political resolution that ultimately means nothing; a resolution that won't assist our troops on the ground; a resolution that does not help us move forward in bringing our men and women home.

This is just another shameful example that the leadership of this body is not fit to serve. This Congress has failed to fulfill its most basic of duties. Shame should permeate every hallway and every hearing room.

If we were serious--truly serious--about helping our men and women in the military, we would not waste our time on this resolution.

Instead we would delve into the deception, the intelligence failures, the scapegoating of the C.I.A., and the mismanagement that has placed us where we are today. The generals, the men and women of our Armed Forces have done their job. We have voted time and time again in budgets and supplements supported their protection, yet we have had the real culprit come to this floor and demean, undermine, those who ask questions or may criticize. Teddy Roosevelt turned over from the clownish gyrations of the Congressmen or women from Ohio.

And we'd also take up H.J. Res. 73--Congressman JOHN MURTHA's well-reasoned, essential call to redeploy our troops from Iraq.

We are faced with a choice--more of the same from the Bush administration, or JACK's way. I believe that rapid turnover of Iraq to the Iraqi people is essential and that our troops need to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date. That is why I am proud to cosponsor my friend's resolution.

Today is just another sham in the House of Representatives, but that is what we've come to expect.

Our troops deserve better.