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House Begins Debate on Iraq War Resolution

The House of Representatives is debating a resolution that disapproves of President Bush's recently implemented Iraq strategy, which includes the deployment of 21,500 more U.S. troops. Kwame Holman reports on the first day of debate.

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    As a light snow fell on the nation's capital, the House of Representatives launched the most extensive debate on the Iraq war since Congress first authorized President Bush to use force against Iraq in the fall of 2002.

    REP. JAMES MCGOVERN (D), Massachusetts: Any member of this House who's been home recently knows that the questions are increasing, the concern is growing, and the patience is running out.


    The majority Democrats, many of whom point to the November elections as a mandate to change the course of the war, set aside these next three days to give members five minutes each to speak their minds.

    REP. MIKE PENCE (R), Indiana: You know, it's a snow day. Back in Indiana today, Mr. Speaker — and my kids are even home watching this on TV. I give my kids some pretty basic advice sometimes. And one of the pieces of advice I give my kids, when they're facing challenges, I say to them, "You know, people don't like losers, but they like quitters even less."


    The debate centers around the Democrats' nonbinding resolution, which expresses two points: that Congress will continue to support and protect U.S. troops in Iraq; but that Congress disapproves of the president's decision to send more troops.

    The vote is scheduled for Friday, and the resolution is expected to pass. However, the division between the two parties on what to do next in Iraq was illustrated during early remarks from the party's top leaders.