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House Passes Responsible Re-Deployment From Iraq Act

The Gavel: The House has passed the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act by a vote of 223-201. This marks the largest vote in favor of redeployment

The Gavel:

The House has passed the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act by a vote of 223-201. This marks the largest vote in favor of redeployment to date.

The legislation, sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, would begin the responsible redeployment of U.S. troops within 120 days and complete redeployment by April 1, 2008. The President would have to report to Congress why troops should remain in Iraq for limited purposes such as to fight terrorism or to train Iraqi forces.

Rep Patrick Murphy:

In the last month alone, in Bucks County, we have buried four of our finest sons. Four names have been added to the memorial board outside my office. I - for one - don't want to add any more names. My Republican colleagues, you have the power today to stop these tragic phone calls... to stop adding faces and names to our memorials. Let's change the direction in Iraq and get back to fighting a smarter War on Terror - together - not as Democrats or Republicans - but as Americans.

UPDATE : DCCC Chair Rep. Chris Van Hollen: September starts TODAY. Put the heat on the Republicans

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