A significant redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan beginning next month would send a clear message that the United States does not seek a permanent presence in Afghanistan. This move would recognize that we cannot afford the war in Afghanistan -- costing nearly $10 billion per month -- while American families struggle to stay afloat amid the slow recovery of our nation’s economy.

The co-chairs of the CPC Task Force on Peace and Security believe that a significant, swift and sizeable troop reduction in Afghanistan is necessary. Anything less hurts our nation’s future and is unacceptable. It is time to focus on securing a future of economic opportunity and prosperity for the American people, and the President must move swiftly and boldly to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home now.

Statement by CPC Peace and Security Taskforce co-chairs Reps. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) and CPC Co-Chairs Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).