Iraqi Summer Break Controversy

May 3, 2007

U.S. lawmakers were infuriated after finding out that Iraqi lawmakers are considering taking a lengthy summer break. Chris Shays, R-Connecticut, said that for Iraqis to go on vacation while U.S. soldiers are fighting would be completely outrageous.

Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, called the two-month break unacceptable, saying it "would send a very bad message to the world." The Iraqi parliament's recess starts in July.

The break would more than likely come before the Iraqi parliament had come to important decisions about easing sectarian tensions. Iraqi politicians said the break should be of no concern to U.S. lawmakers.


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