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Doolittle leaves for Iraq

The Union Staff

House Republican Conference Secretary John T. Doolittle will be traveling to Iraq tomorrow as part of a Congressional Delegation organized by the Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations.

While in Iraq, Doolittle and members of the delegation will be observing Iraq’s reconstruction efforts, discussing political developments with U.S. and Iraqi officials, and assessing U.S. troop morale and the status of the Iraqi Security Forces.

“As someone who has the extraordinary responsibility of ensuring that our troops have the support they need to fight and win the war on terror, it is critical that I make informed decisions,” Doolittle said. “There is no better way to do that then to get out of Washington, go right to the battlefield and find out for myself what no congressional report or briefing can tell me.

“Our resolve to see democracy take hold in the Middle East is an integral part of keeping Americans safe. I’m looking forward to speaking with those on the front lines, thanking them for their honorable service and determining how Congress can better support their efforts.”

The subcommittee has held hearings on democracy in the Middle East and has conducted oversight during the course of 10 trips to Iraq.

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