Washington, DC–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement following the Senate’s vote to preserve a provision in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to change course in Iraq:
“Today was a significant step forward in our efforts to change course in Iraq and makes America more secure. With this vote the Senate is giving our troops the resources they need in combat – including a strategy in Iraq worthy of their sacrifices. It is my hope that with this vote now complete, Senate Republicans will not stand in the way of finishing this bill so that we may get these vital funds to our men and women as soon as possible.
“The president must change course, and this legislation gives him a chance to do that. It gives him the chance to more effectively fight terrorism and redeploy our troops from a civil war. This bill also gives the president the chance to address some of our country’s most urgent needs – long-ignored priorities including veterans health care; port, mass transit and airport security; and rebuilding the Gulf Coast.
“The American people have asked us to give our troops an effective, successful strategy for victory in Iraq. Both houses of Congress have listened. It is now up to the president to do the same.”