The decision to postpone the scheduled recess is appropriate and necessary to fulfilling the Senate’s obligation to our troops and the American people whose voice and will the Senate reflects.  We must not allow ourselves to forget our responsibility to the American people, and remember that the troop surge will not take a recess and our brave servicemen and women can not take a recess. It is regrettable that the intractable positions of both parties’ leadership and the Senate’s failure to act on the monumental issue of our time have brought us to this crossroad; I welcome the opportunity to finally initiate debate on this critical question.