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Tanner’s bipartisan Iraq bill facing House vote tonight

Tanner’s bipartisan Iraq bill facing House vote tonight

By: AP

WASHINGTON — Congressman John Tanner’s bipartisan bill on Iraq is scheduled to be debated and voted on in the full House of Representatives tonight.
H.R. 3087 requires the Administration to report to Congress within 60 days on the status of its planning for redeployment of U.S. troops in Iraq, and then update Congress every 90 days thereafter.
“We can no longer approach the discussion on Iraq as a partisan issue,” said Tanner, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as chairman of the U.S. delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the legislative branch of the NATO alliance. “Our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Guardsmen aren’t fighting as Democrats or Republicans but as Americans. It is time we work together as a Congress to engage in oversight of the Administration’s plans for what comes next in Iraq.”
The bill, which has bipartisan support, was approved by the House Armed Services Committee in July by a 55-2 vote.
Tanner, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Tennessee Army National Guard, represents Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district in West and Middle Tennessee, home to 20 National Guard armories, Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, the Milan Army Arsenal and a portion of Fort Campbell Army Base, home to the 101st Airborne Division.
Published in The Messenger 10.02.07

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