PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2019 

McConnell to bring up Trump’s wall funding bill on Thursday; might allow a vote on Democrats' measure to end government shutdown. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A U.S. Supreme Court decision allows Trump’s transgender military ban. Plus, navigating the DNA challenges of connecting with long-lost family.

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North Dakota Pivotal In War Vote

July 17, 2007

Iraq is on the agenda in Congress this week, with a variety of proposals to redeploy U.S. troops. A North Dakota lawmaker may hold a deciding vote. One proposal in the Senate would require the Secretary of Defense to reduce troops within 120 days of passage and complete the transition by April of 2008. As the head-count on Capitol Hill begins, Sen. Kent Conrad's vote is fast becoming pivotal. Brian Palecek with the North Dakota Peace Coalition says the American public wants an end to the war and this is a great opportunity to bring that about.

"We also see that the American people and North Dakotans are ready for some new kind of bold and interesting approaches, like political and diplomatic, and economic."

The Reverend Wade Schemmel with the Northern Plans Conference of the United Church of Christ believes it's time to start building bridges instead of walls in that part of the world.

"I think it's time that we found the courage to admit the futility of what we are doing in Iraq and move on to be building for peace."

Supporters of timelines argue they provide incentive for Iraqis to make substantive change in their own country and take control of their security. Critics counter that a pull back would be a victory for terrorists and lead to more chaos in Iraq.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ND