Tester response to end of combat operations in Iraq

Senator says as long as Montanans are in Iraq, ‘we’re not done by any measure.’

(ANACONDA, Mont.) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement in response to the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq:

“I join all Americans in thanking the hundreds of thousands of men and women who supported combat missions in Iraq over the past seven years.  Hundreds of Montanans are still being asked to answer the call of duty in Iraq and until they come home, we’re not done by any measure.  We will do right by them and their families as they serve and after they return.

“The end of combat operations in Iraq is a significant, long-awaited milestone.  We are winding down our presence there responsibly.  And now we can fully focus America’s combat forces—the most powerful in the world—on keeping our country safe from terrorism.  In Congress, I’ll do my part to make sure our military has the resources it needs while cracking down on wasteful spending and abuse of our constitutional rights.”