Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Wyden Cosponsors Feingold-Reid

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced this afternoon that he will cosponsor the Feingold-Reid bill, which calls for George W. Bush to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by March 31, 2008.

“For more than four years, the Bush administration has been telling the American people that conditions in Iraq would change. They have, but for the worse. Today it is up to Congress to let the President and his administration know that using our nation’s heroic men and women in uniform to police a civil war is not acceptable.” Wyden said. “The Bush administration’s mishandling of the war has left Congress with no good choices. But the road to peace is found in diplomacy, not the continued escalation of violence.”

Wyden, who was one of the Senators voting against the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, has opposed the recent surge of more troops into Baghdad and will sign on with eight Senate Democrats and Independent Bernie Senator of Vermont in supporting Russ Feingold's (D-WI) bill to discontinue funding for Iraq combat operations in 11 months.

A vote on the Feingold-Reid bill was expected on the Senate floor today, but it will now take place tomorrow.