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Congressional Briefs: Clarke, Lee

Barbara Lee Recalls Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' Declaration 

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May 5, 2008, 2:20 a.m. - Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9) released the following statement to mark the 5th anniversary of President Bush declaring victory saying, "major combat operations in Iraq have ended":

"In front of the infamous 'Mission Accomplished' banner backdrop, 5 years ago President Bush told the nation that 'major combat operations in Iraq have ended.' That was not true then and it is glaringly not true today, as we have lost over 4,000 brave soldiers and more than 28,000 others have been wounded.

"The Bush administration misled the American people into believing there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; misled many to believe Iraq posed an imminent threat, and misled the nation about a false connection between the tragic events of 911 and Saddam Hussein.

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"Misinformation has been the driving force behind the failed US occupation in Iraq. It is time we fully fund the safe redeployment of our troops and contractors from Iraq."

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-9) is Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Clarke Introduces Bill on Environmental Education 

U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, a member of the Education Committee, has introduced H.R. 5902, the Getting Youth Re-invested in Environmental Education Now Act (GREEN Act).  The goal of this legislation is to introduce environmental education into the curriculum of schools across the nation.   

 Including environmental justice education in our schools is needed to move us forward in a global society, said Rep. Clarke.  The students of today will be the heads of our businesses, non-profits and schools tomorrow.  Providing middle school and high school students with the skills to think critically about our environment locally and globally will serve our nation well.  

This bill gives the Department of Education the explicit authority to make grant funds available for the enhancement of environmental justice education to middle schools and high schools that receive funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and schools that are located in an urban community that may be disproportionately affected by climate change, pollution, and other environmental issues.    

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