Blunt: How Many Politically-Driven Iraq Votes Can This Congress Take?

Tomorrow Marks 58th Iraq Vote by House and Senate This Year

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today after it was announced that Democrats plan to use a critical troop funding bill as a vehicle to impose an artificial date for precipitous withdrawal in Iraq:

"Tomorrow will mark the 58th time this year Congress will vote on a politically-motivated bill concerning Iraq . Regrettably, not one of the majority's bills has recognized the continued importance of our mission in the region, and not one has acknowledged the tremendous progress we've made against all odds in capturing and killing agents of terror, and providing a level of security for political reconciliation to take place.

"This bill is deja-vu all over again. The last time Democrats tried to tie funding for our troops to a date for surrender, they failed - and that was before the marked turn-around we've witnessed on the ground over the past several months. That includes sharp reductions in violence and increased cooperation among everyday Iraqis in fighting back the insurgency. But once again tomorrow, this House will take up a bill that has far less to do with building on our continued progress, and far more to do with pandering to their base."

NOTE: Speaker Pelosi announced today that she is bringing legislation to the House tomorrow that would tie legislation funding American combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to withdrawing troops from Iraq by December, 2008.

SOURCE House Republican Whip Roy Blunt