A congressman from South Carolina has urged his colleagues and President Bush to provide better equipment to troops in Iraq.

Representative Jim Clyburn said in the Democratic party's weekly radio address that U.S. soldiers should never lack proper equipment nor accurate intelligence.

Mr. Clyburn also said he opposed attempts to invest Social Security on the stock market, calling proposed plans a gamble that could jeopardize benefits for children.

He also called for expanding health insurance coverage and making college education more affordable.

Some information for this report provided by AP.