Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Kucinich Introduces HR 1234 To Immediately End the U.S. Occupation of Iraq

Ohio Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich's congressional website posted the following press release.

Kucinich Introduces HR 1234 To Immediately End the U.S. Occupation of Iraq

Washington, Feb 28 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 28) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced HR 1234, a bill to immediately end the United States occupation of Iraq, in the House of Representatives today.

“This is the plan that will get our troops home the fastest. It is workable and achieves the goals of ending the war and enabling our troops to come home,” Kucinich said.

HR 1234 is a plan for the United States to use existing money to bring the troops and necessary equipment home and transition to an international security and peacekeeping force.

“I drafted this with expert advice from those involved in international peacekeeping missions, the United Nations and the U.S. military,” Kucinich said.

Kucinich first introduced a withdrawal plan from Iraq three years ago when he proposed that the United States hand the United Nations control of Iraq, including its oil resources and contracts for rebuilding.

“I have given more than 140 speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives, speaking out against this war. I have been one of the most active and vocal Members of Congress on this issue,” Kucinich said.

Kucinich led the effort to challenge the Administration’s war in Iraq in 2002. In advance of the Iraq war resolution in Congress, he organized 126 Democrats, two-thirds of the House Democratic Caucus, to vote against the resolution. He has constantly challenged the Administration’s war against Iraq.

Kucinich has been circulating the plan with Members of Congress for two months and recently had it put in legislative form. He will be speaking to Members of Congress to gain support for the bill in the coming weeks and months.

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