Congresswoman Kathy Castor not in support of a 'surge' in troops in Iraq


Kathy Castor on Iraq


Count Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor as not being in support of President Bush’s escalation of troops.     Echoing a letter sent out by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week, Castor tells WMNF that ‘it’s time to bring the war to a close’ (roll tape #1 o.q.”to bring it to a close”)


Democratic leaders said yesterday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.


Democrats reportadley were meeting this morning to consider whether to interrupt their long planned 100 hours rollout of their domestic agenda, to bring up Iraq.


But to many, The resolutions would be symbolic, and nothing else.  Democratic leaders have not ruled out more radical measures – like capping the number of troops being deployed or limiting financing for the war – but there is hardly a consensus on how that will play out….Congresswoman Castor does not appear ready to show her hand in this debate (roll tape#2 o.q.”is going to propose”)


Castor will get to play a more active role than many of her freshmen colleagues about Iraq.  Yesterday she was named to the House Armed Services Committee, where she says there will be serious oversight  over the privatization of the war (roll tape#3 o.q. “tough questions and answers”)


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