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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Boehner: Republicans not pressured to vote against Dems' Iraq resolution
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Tuesday that there have been no efforts by GOP leaders or the White House to pressure Republican Members to oppose the Democrat's Iraq resolution disapproving of a buildup of troops in Iraq.

"This is an issue that members have to deal with themselves...You've heard of conscience votes before? They don't become any bigger conscience issues than this," Boehner said.

Boehner previewed the next battle over Iraq funding, citing Democrats' statements that this resolution is the first step in Congress' efforts on Iraq.

"There's going to be a real battle here, sometime in March, over de-funding our troops that are in harm's way," Boehner said. "We're somehow shackling the military's ability to do its job. And we believe their goal is to de-fund the war and to leave Iraq in chaos because I don't think there's any doubt that when we start to pull troops back we're going to see real chaos, and much more than we see today."

Boehner said a group of Republican military veterans led by former Vietnam prisoner of war Sam Johnson, R-Texas, will head up a floor debate for the Republicans on Thursday.

The group will "talk about what this divisive debate means for our troops who are out there in harm's way," Boehner said.

-- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh
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