This week, the House of Representatives is holding an open and clear debate on a simple question -- do you support the President's decision to escalate the war or not. By the end of the week, the American people will clearly understand where their Congressman stands on this important issue.

I opposed the President and voted against the resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq (H J RES 114). Recognizing there were no weapons of mass destruction and the Administration's severe mismanagement of the war, I organized the "Out of Iraq" Congressional Caucus to encourage debate and not allow the distortions by the Bush Administration go unanswered. For too long, the Bush Administration has tried to intimidate the Members of Congress and silence the Congressional voices of opposition. The Bush Administration attempted to label those who opposed the war as unpatriotic and as not supporting the troops.

We support our troops. We want to remove them from the untenable position of being caught in the middle of a civil war in Iraq. We want no more troops deployed to Iraq. We want a sensible exit strategy to bring our troops home.

During this week's debate, I joined my colleagues in opposing the President's escalation. I would rather this was a binding resolution. However it is not. But at least it gives the Members an opportunity to show their position on escalation.

Diplomacy is the only answer. This week we oppose escalation. However, I have no choice but to oppose continued funding of the American taxpayers dollars to the war giant whose appetite cannot be satisfied but in the interest of peace must be denied.