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Senator Patty Murray Speaks About Iraq War Debate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - After the vote on Monday to block an all-out debate on the war in Iraq, on Tuesday Senator Patty Murray spoke out on the Senate floor about why the discussion is long overdue.

Murray said she would vote for a bipartisan resolution expressing opposition to a troop surge.  She said that discussion is the first step toward change.

Republicans have said they're not trying to block a vote; they just want a GOP alternative to be discussed.

The non-binding resolution that was sidetracked criticizes President Bush's plan to send 21,000 more troops to Iraq. Democrats were eleven votes short of the 60 they needed.

"Every day they block a debate, they deny our citizens a voice in a war that has cost us dearly in dollars and in lives," Murray said.

She said she'd vote to put the Senate on the record in opposition of the surge, if Republicans end their filibuster.

The House is planning a vote next week on a non-binding measure opposing the additional troops being sent to Iraq.