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Senator opposes troop increase

February 1, 2007

Opposition to President Bush's troop increase in Iraq surfaced in the Kansas Statehouse on Friday.

State Sen. Donald Betts, D-Wichita, filed a resolution that would put Kansas lawmakers on record of being opposed to Bush's call for 21,500 more troops in Iraq.

At a minimum, the resolution states, Bush should seek approval from Congress before sending more troops, and that Congress should prohibit the president from spending taxpayer dollars on an escalation in Iraq without his first seeking approval.

"We are sending 18- and 19-year-olds, at the start of their lives, to Iraq, and they are not coming home," Betts said.

The resolution likely will be referred to committee.


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