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Senator Feingold: Cutting Funds Could End US Involvement In Iraq January 11, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold said Thursday that he will try to use Congress’ control over the purse strings to end U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq.

Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, made the comments at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

“I have consistently called for the redeployment of our military from Iraq, but now Congress must use its main power – the power of the purse – to put an end to our involvement in this disastrous war,” he said at the hearing.

In an interview, Feingold added, “I’ll be working on a proposal with other members as we go through these hearings in the next couple of weeks, figuring out the best way to go about using the power of the purse to make sure that this redeployment occurs.”

Feingold would not spell out what he had in mind, but said he wants to make sure his plans address concerns people might have.

“Because obviously, I would never do anything that would leave our troops without what they need, so this has to be done in a way that does not cause that to happen,” Feingold said.

One possibility, he said, is setting a date for cutting off funding for U.S. military involvement.

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