I received this e-mail from the DCCC. It is a shame that we don't have a Representative that we can be proud of. Instead we get Tim Walberg
Democrats campaigned on the promise to take America in a new direction -- both at home and in Iraq.
We have kept our promises.
In less than 100 Hours, House Democrats delivered: passing legislation to raise the minimum wage, voted to invest in stem cell research, fought to lower student loan interest rates, break the link between lobbyists and legislation, took on the drug companies to make prescriptions more affordable, cut subsidies to Big Oil, and invested in alternative energy sources.
This week, House Democrats fulfilled another promise -- to hold an honest and open debate on the war in Iraq and to hold the Bush Administration accountable for its mismanagement of the Iraq war.
United in support for our troops who are bravely serving in Iraq, Democrats voted today to oppose the President's escalation plan. Republicans simply Rubber Stamped the President's Iraq policy and refused to hold the Bush Administration accountable for its failures in Iraq.
Given the chance to stand up for our troops and ask the tough questions that have long gone unasked and unanswered, Republicans used their time for more hollow partisan attacks and stay the course rhetoric.
Baseless and distorting, Republicans offered up nothing more than shameless name calling:
"...History will not focus on your voting for the resolution authorizing the force, but they will long remember you unleashing the hell that is going to come in Iraq by voting for this resolution." (Rep. Latham, IA-04)
"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged." (Rep. Young, AK-AL)
Democrats want to move us in a new direction -- and are working everyday to make that a reality. The days of the Rubber Stamp Congress are behind us and the Democratic Majority is demanding a plan, accountability and answers.
Our newly elected members spoke honestly about the change they are bringing to Washington:
"Walking in my own combat boots, I saw first hand this Administration's failed policy in Iraq. I led convoys up and down "Ambush Alley" in a Humvee without doors -- convoys that Americans still run today because too many Iraqis are still sitting on the sidelines ...We must make Iraqis stand up for Iraq -- and set a timeline to start bringing our heroes home." (Rep. Murphy, PA-08)
"We can and must do better by our soldiers... Our soldiers are trained to fulfill their mission without question. We as civilian leaders have a duty to question it on their behalf. For the past four years this Republican-led Congress has failed in their duty." (Rep. Walz, MN-01)
"If my 31 years in the military taught me anything, it was that we serve in this all-volunteer military to defend Americans' freedom to think as they please and to say what they think, even if they disagree with their leaders..."(Rep. Sestak, PA-07)
Our troops and our country deserve better than the Republicans' stay the course strategy. As this debate ends, I can assure you the conversation is only just beginning. I hope you continue to stay with us.