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In a letter released Monday, United States Congressman Marty Meehan (D-Massachusetts) called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to come before Congress and provide details on the training of Iraqi security forces and the continuing involvement of US troops in the war torn nation, as required by a provision of the emergency spending bill signed into law last May.
"It is outrageous for the Pentagon to be violating the law and showing such deliberate contempt of congressional oversight," Meehan said in the statement. "But aside from the fact that the Pentagon has not met its legal requirements, I am troubled that two years into the war in Iraq we still don't have a comprehensive set of metrics and timelines.".
Additionally, the Pentagon is required to provide information on progress made in handling the rampant infrastructural problems in post-invasion Iraq, including hunger and poverty levels, unemployment rates, the functionality of water and electricity delivery systems and oil production rates.