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(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after President Obama announced his timeline for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan.

“Tonight President Obama took a step in the right direction by outlining a drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan over the coming year. I have called for a sizeable and sustainable drawdown because I believe the human, economic and military resources we are spending in Afghanistan are unsustainable. The President’s announcement is a step forward, but I will continue to push the President to bring this war to a close and redeploy troops out of Afghanistan while providing the support they and their families deserve.

“Our brave men and women in uniform have done everything we’ve asked of them – including finding Osama Bin Laden. But we need to make sure our military operations are targeted to meet the threats of today. 

“Our terrorist enemies are not bound by lines on a map. Leaving tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan is not the best use of our resources—especially as we work to tackle our debt and deficit. It’s time to redeploy, rebuild our military and refocus on the broader war on terror. I was glad to see President Obama take a step in that direction today.

“But as Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I know that the costs don’t end when our men and women leave the battlefield—for so many troops and their caregivers, that is just the beginning. This must be a consideration for the President and our entire nation whenever we make strategic military decisions. I will continue to push to make sure our veterans and military families are one of the foremost concerns during this drawdown and that they get the care they need and deserve.”