For the first time ever, Congress will hear directly Wednesday from members of the Iraqi Parliament.
Two Iraqi lawmakers -- a Sunni, Nadeem Al-Jaberi, and a Shiite, Khalaf Al-Ulayyan -- are set to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight chaired by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.).
The Iraqis willdiscuss the proposed long-term security agreement between the U.S. and Iraq. The hearings are well timed: This past weekend, major demonstrations against the agreement reportedly shut down large parts of Baghdad.
The new security agreement is intended to replace the current United Nations Security Council resolutions which authorize the United States to engage in combat operations in Iraq. The UN resolutions will expire at the end of the year.
Many Democrats, including Delahunt, argue that the agreement should be considered a treaty and requires congressional ratification.