The members of the House spent many hours debating House Resolution 861, a nonbinding resolution, which said, among many things, the following:
That the House of Representatives–
(1) honors all those Americans who have taken an active part in the Global War on Terror, whether as first responders protecting the homeland, as servicemembers overseas, as diplomats and intelligence officers, or in other roles;
(2) honors the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and of partners in the Coalition, and of the Iraqis and Afghans who fight alongside them, especially those who have fallen or been wounded in the struggle, and honors as well the sacrifices of their families and of others who risk their lives to help defend freedom;
(3) declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq;
(4) declares that the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq;
(5) congratulates Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and the Iraqi people on the courage they have shown by participating, in increasing millions, in the elections of 2005 and on the formation of the first government under Iraq’s new constitution;
(6) calls upon the nations of the world to promote global peace and security by standing with the United States and other Coalition partners to support the efforts of the Iraqi and Afghan people to live in freedom; and
(7) declares that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.
All but three Republicans supported this resolution. The vast majority of Democrats, 149 to be exact, rejected it. Why? They didn’t like this one statement:
…it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq
Instead, the 149 Democrats who rejected the resolution think it is in the best interest of this country to cut and run. Two of those Democrats are Rep. Tim Strickland, who wants to be governor of Ohio, and Rep. Sherrod Brown, who wants to unseat Ohio Senator Mike DeWine. As an Ohioan, I do not want anyone who thinks it is best to cut and run from Iraq as my senator or my governor.
See the roll call here to find out how your representative voted.