"Mission Accomplished" Four Years Later: Menendez Takes Administration To Task, Calls For Signing Of Supplemental

"Mission Accomplished" Four Years Later: Menendez Takes Administration To Task, Calls For Signing Of Supplemental

Washington - Today marks the fourth anniversary of President Bush's bold declaration on an aircraft carrier under a "Mission Accomplished" banner that, "Major Combat operations in Iraq have ended." U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) took to the Senate floor today to recall that false promise and the dozens of other false promises given by the administration before and during the war in Iraq. Sen. Menendez also again called for the president to sign the supplemental appropriations bill that includes a deadline for withdrawal of troops, which will be sent to his desk today.

"The American people, and this Congress, have run out of patience," said Sen. Menendez. "And this Administration has run out of credibility to ask for more time or another chance. And frankly, I find it insulting that this Administration thinks this Congress should simply go along with their escalation plan."

Later in his statement, Sen. Menendez said, "I say to the President - the era of blank checks is over and the time of Congressional oversight has begun. That is why this Senate and the House sent the President an Iraq spending bill with a responsible timeline for withdrawing our troops from Iraq. And I believe that the President is making a serious mistake with his plan to veto the bill."

To read the full text of Sen. Menendez's floor speech, visit http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=273374&&

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