ALEXANDER STATEMENT: PASSAGE OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN TANNER'S BIPARTISAN IRAQ LEGISLATION IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Passage of Congressman John Tanner’s Bipartisan Iraq Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives

Posted on October 2, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, (R-TN) issued the following statement today after HR 3087 – legislation by U.S. Representative John Tanner (D-TN-08) – passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 377-46. “I congratulate John Tanner and his colleagues in the House of Representatives for doing today what the Senate has not yet been able to do – pass a truly bipartisan proposal to set us on a new course in Iraq. We owe it to our troops to come together on a strategy going forward, and Tanner's amendment requiring a plan from the Secretary of Defense is an important step toward that goal. It’s inexcusable that the Senate should keep lecturing Baghdad about being in a political stalemate when we're stuck in a political stalemate of our own.” Tanner’s bill requires the President – in coordination with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior military leaders – to develop and transmit to Congress a comprehensive strategy for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces in Iraq. Senator Alexander is the lead Republican cosponsor of legislation in the Senate to implement the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, which is cosponsored by nine Democrats and seven other Republicans.