The War in Iraq

Continuation of National Emergency

On May 17, 2011 President Obama issued statements noting that he was extending the declaration of a national emergency for another year. He wrote a letter to Congress and issued a statement for the Federal Register.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 17, 2011
Notice from the President regarding the continuation of the national emergency with respect to the stabilization of Iraq

On May 22, 2003, by Executive Order 13303, the President declared a national emergency protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and certain other property in which Iraq has an interest, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701‑1706). The President took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by obstacles to the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic institutions in Iraq.

In Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13438 of July 17, 2007, the President modified the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 and took additional steps in response to this national emergency.

Because the obstacles to the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic institutions in Iraq continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303, as modified in scope and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Orders 13315, 13350, 13364, and 13438, must continue in effect beyond May 22, 2011. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to the stabilization of Iraq.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

BARACK OBAMA
THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 17, 2011.

 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 17, 2011
Message from the President regarding the continuation of the national emergency with respect to the stabilization of Iraq

May 17, 2011

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent the enclosed notice to the Federal Register for publication continuing the national emergency with respect to the stabilization of Iraq. This notice states that the national emergency with respect to the stabilization of Iraq declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, as modified in scope and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13438 of July 17, 2007, is to continue in effect beyond May 22, 2011.

Obstacles to the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic institutions in Iraq continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Accordingly, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to this threat and maintain in force the measures taken to deal with that national emergency.

Recognizing positive developments in Iraq, the United Nations Security Council decided, in Resolution 1956 (2010), to terminate on June 30, 2011, arrangements concerning the Development Fund for Iraq established in Resolutions 1483 (2003) and 1546 (2004). The Security Council also called upon the Iraqi government to finalize the full and effective transition to a post‑Development Fund mechanism by June 30, 2011. My Administration will evaluate Iraq's ongoing efforts in this regard, as well as its progress in resolving outstanding debts and claims arising from actions of the previous regime, so that I may determine whether to continue beyond June 30, 2011, the prohibitions contained in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, as amended by Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004, on any attachment, judgment, decree, lien, execution, garnishment, or other judicial process with respect to the Development Fund for Iraq, the accounts, assets, and property held by the Central Bank of Iraq, and Iraqi petroleum‑related products, which are in addition to the sovereign immunity accorded Iraq under otherwise applicable law.

Sincerely,
BARACK OBAMA

 

Significant Votes 

House Votes on The War in Iraq
YearRoll CallLegislation
2002455Authorization for the use of Force in Iraq
200799Disapproval of the Surge Strategy
2007927Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy
2007624Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act
2007624Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act
2007621Iraq Transition Act
2007330Troop Redeployment in 180 days
  

Senate Votes on The War in Iraq
YearRoll CallLegislation
2002237Authorization for the use of Force in Iraq
2005316Contract Award Overview
2005228Contract Award Overview
200775Phased Redeployment
200751Approval of the Surge Strategy
200744Approval of the Surge Strategy
2007346To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq
2007341Dwell Time
2011211Repealing the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq

 

Additional Legislation

Each year, there are numerous bills introduced that are not voted on in the House or Senate. These bills may be sponsored by numerous people and a representative's co-sponsorship of that legislation gives insight into that person's viewpoints.

Senate Bills on The War in Iraq
SessionBill NumberCo-SponsorsBill Title
110S J Res 941United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007
110S 182526Commission on Wartime Contracting Establishment Act
110S Con Res 218A concurrent resolution expressing the bipartisan resolution on Iraq.
110S 263315A bill to provide for the safe redeployment of United States troops from Iraq.
110S 154515Iraq Study Group Recommendations Implementation Act of 2007
110S Con Res 714Expressing Disapproval of the Surge
110S 242613Congressional Oversight of Iraq Agreements Act of 2007
110S Con Res 49A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress on Iraq.
110S 2879Prohibiting Funds for the Surge
110S 2339Prohibiting funds for the surge
110S 10779Transition the mission
105S 25258Iraq Liberation Act of 1998

 

House Bills on The War in Iraq
SessionBill NumberCo-SponsorsBill Title
112H R 1096To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties
112H R 2320Military Success in Iraq And Diplomatic Surge for National and Political Reconciliation in Iraq Act of 2011
110H Con Res 315112Supporting the idea that coalition victory in Iraq is possible.
110H J Res 18103To redeploy U.S. forces from Iraq.
110H R 106279Cooperation in Iraq
110H R 292977Permanent Bases in Iraq
110H Res 9764Providing for Operation Iraqi Freedom cost accountability.
110H R 257463Iraq Study Group Recommendations Implementation Act of 2007
110H R 78761Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007
110H R 50854Bring the Troops Home and Iraq Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007
110H Res 4153Opposition to the Surge
110H Res 111141Funding for Iraq War