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Davis supports troop surge in Iraq

BEN INGRAM • Jan 10, 2007 at 11:39 AM

President Bush's decision to increase the U.S. troop presence in Iraq by 21,500 in the coming weeks was met with approval by fellow Republican and 1st Congressional District Rep. David Davis.

The first-term congressman said the country could not remain stagnant in Iraq and that its only option was to move forward with the president's plan.

"I did have the opportunity to speak with one of the president's national security advisers, who filled me in on the president's speech beforehand," said Davis as he was heading to the Capitol building Wednesday.

"After some discussion, I feel that success is our only option in Iraq. Surrender is not a viable option because failure and the consequences that followed it would be too great.

"Congress must be committed to ensuring that our troops are fully funded and that our servicemen and women have the tools to complete the job they were sent to do."

Earlier in the day, a second round of Democratic-sponsored legislation, this time centering around raising the federal minimum wage, met with his displeasure.

With a majority vote (315-116) pushing the measure through the House of Representatives, Davis said his vote ultimately hung on a few amendments that weren't included in the House's version of the bill.

"The minimum wage came up without going for debate, or discussion in committee," he said. "What I hear in the 1st District is not about the minimum wage, it's about health care. At the very least, representatives could have worked an associated health care plan and a tax incentive plan into the bill without creating too much of a burden for citizens like those in the 1st District."

Davis voted "no" on the House's minimum wage bill, which increased the minimum level from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour.

Davis said he hopes the Senate or the president will be able to amend the bill.

"We're going to ask the Senate and potentially the president in the next few weeks to amend the bill so that it will provide relief for small businesses," he said. "But right now, it is my belief that the majority will pass legislation that will put the burden on small business owners and their employees in the 1st District."

Wednesday's "no" vote was the second time in two days he has cast such a vote. On Tuesday night, Davis cast his first one against the Democrats' first major piece of legislation - accepting the 9/11 Commission's recommendations.

"I voted "no" on the recommendations because it's simply a move to put Americans under the direction of the U.N. (United Nations)," Davis said. "It was a party line vote.

"It's not in the best interests of Americans to have to go through the U.N. in order to protect its citizens. ... We're a sovereign nation, and this bill does not reflect the beliefs of the citizens in the 1st District."

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