Thursday, May 24, 2007

Grijalva on The Supplemental

Statement by Congressman Grijalva:


I will oppose the Iraq supplemental to be voted on in the House this week. I continue to appreciate the difficult task that leadership faced in creating this legislation and the inclusion of a number of provisions in this bill that are desperately needed and that I wholeheartedly support. These include the minimum wage increase, continued recovery for the people and communities of the Gulf Cost region, and health care needs of our veterans and our children.

I have opposed funding this war from the beginning, and I have no interest in funding it now. The previous supplemental, The Iraq Accountability Act, though flawed and at odds with many of my beliefs, represented a chance for hope. It had represented a first, all be it tentative, step in the difficult process of finally bringing this devastating war to an ultimate end through accountability standards that were tied to a withdrawal plan to bring our troops home.

But I cannot in good conscience support this new version of an Iraq war funding bill. This bill removes important elements that hold the administration acountable for its decisions in this quagmire; no more unwaivable benchmarks, no more required certification of the Iraq government's efforts to resolve ong-standing political conflicts linked to a timeframe for transition allowing our troops to begin a long overdue schedule of redeployment home. These revisions have effectively reduced this supplemental to a paper tiger that will give the administration an unfettered extension to this ill conceived occupation, and an implied sanction by this Congress of the war, at least through the end of this
fiscal year.

I cannot tell those individuals and the families of those individuals who have died or been injured in Iraq that I supported their continued participation in an unaccountable war without end.


Art Jacobson said...

This was picked up by Lefty Blogs earlier in the day and I missed it. Sorry to repost, but what the hell...
courage and good sense deserves plenty of public acknowledgement.

And from district 8...What?

x4mr said...

Glad you posted it. I wish I had answers. This situation is nothing but terrible choices. I half expected you to react to today's news about the robo calls. It made the local news, which I very rarely watch.

Hearing Guy Atchley report that automatic phone calls would allege Giffords is "too liberal" for Arizona was hilarious. I broke out laughing.

By the way, Roger asserted today that Bee was running in CD 8. Do you if that is for sure? I know he is thinking about it and perhaps very seriously, but I have not heard anything solid.

Anonymous said...

Hi Art and X4mr:

I am by no means certain that Bee will run, but I think he is their best candidate and anyone short of him has absolutely no chance of defeating Giffords in 2008. They know that too (although they will protest).

They have to have someone with name rec., someone who can claim that they delivered for the district and the U., and someone who is respected on both sides of the political question. He is also term limited and has "nothing to do" in 2008.

Now I am done pumping him up. Giffords is smarter, more educated, and is an incumbent. Unless she has a string of bad votes that can haunt her over and over again...and they have to be prominent big "bad" votes, she is in the drivers seat. She will have more money, she will have cross-over support as before, and she is all over the district...serving it.

I have said before and argued with a few conservatives about this. Bee risks his political career by running against Giffords. True, many lose, and come back, but what would losing to Giffords get him? He already has name rec. and then he gets pinned with "loser". If he tries to run, say, for Governor later, the primary will undoubtably raise the question of "can a S. Arizona person win?" and next "can a person who can't defeat a Democrat in S. Arizona win"?

He would be damaged opinion...and would have a hard time rising above a loss to his own party.

Anonymous said...

It appears that Bee is running (although that doesn't mean that he will announce eventually). See the post and the story in CQPolitics featured on Arizona Congress Watch.

It appears that the only thing keeping Bee from running is Bee.

Allow me to speculate a bit more though. Given the robodial campaign against Giffords. I think this may be more about encouraging him to say "yes" than it is to really do any harm to her.

After all, he would face a difficult challenge even for someone of his stature...incumbent, well liked, doing well in the district, he must be asking, what is the chink in her armor? Well that would be if they could effectively call her too liberal for the district...and make it stick.

I don't think they can...and I think Bee might be crazy to run. I do think that he would likely ruin a political career.

Some say Kolbe ran and lost and then came back to win. Wasn't that after McNulty's first term? If Giffords wins this coming one, she is a safe seat for as long as she wants to stay. That loss would leave Bee a well-liked and well branded Mr. Volgy on the Democrat side.