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Los Angeles, CA - This weekend, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) will travel to Crawford, Texas to lend her support to Ms. Cindy Sheehan who is attempting to meet with President George W. Bush during his month long vacation at his ranch. Ms. Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed in Baghdad on April 4, 2004, less than a week after arriving in Iraq. Ms. Sheehan wants to meet with the President to ask him why her son died and to voice her concerns about the war in Iraq.
Congresswoman Waters will bring books, food and other supplies with her to help sustain Ms. Sheehan during her time in Crawford.
"I am traveling to Texas this weekend to support Ms. Sheehan and her efforts to meet with the President," said Congresswoman Waters. "I have met with Ms. Sheehan in my Washington, DC office and found her to be a wonderful and kind person. She is a grieving mother, who has lost her son, and deserves the respect and admiration of all Americans."
"Ms. Sheehan is very brave and should be commended for her trying to get the President to answer two very simple questions: 'Why are we in Iraq?' And, 'Why did her son have to die?' The President has not offered satisfactory answers to either of these questions. Unfortunately, there appears to be no end in sight to our involvement in Iraq and American soldiers continue to die each day in Iraq because of his decision to go to war."
"Earlier this week, I sent a letter to the President, which was cosigned by 37 Members of Congress, urging the President to meet with Ms. Sheehan. That letter has apparently fallen on deaf ears, so I am traveling to Texas to join Ms. Sheehan's vigil. I hope that the President will reconsider his position and agree to meet with Ms. Sheehan. I also hope that all Members of Congress will meet with the families of fallen soldiers if they are asked. Spending a few minutes with these families is the least we can do to honor their sacrifice."
Congresswoman Waters is a Founder and Chair of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus. The Caucus was formed to pressure the Administration into developing a plan that would conclude our involvement in Iraq. The 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus has 64 members.