Perhaps recapping some of his opening statement from Monday’s Petraeus hearing, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, will deliver the Democrats’ nationwide weekly radio address this weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, asked him Wednesday to speak to the nation about Iraq on Democrats’ behalf this Saturday, two days after President Bush is scheduled to discuss the war. The weekly address is distributed by ABC Radio to its affiliates — in the Bay Area, KGO-AM/810 and KSFO-AM/560 — and to others for their use in whole or in part; it’ll be available in its entirety on C-SPAN radio and on the Democratic Party’s Web site. And there’ll be a transcript right here on this blog, as soon as it airs.
Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, who chairs the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, gave the Democratic Radio Address on Aug. 11, discussing her H.R. 3159, which would require longer rest periods for troops between Iraq deployments. It passed the House on Aug. 2 with a 229-194 vote, but it appears to have stalled out in the Senate and the White House has threatened to veto it. You can read a transcript or hear her speech here.