Gabrielle Giffords on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Jan 27, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Giffords opposed the surge strategy in 2007. She stated that the troops were sent to Iraq to remove a horrible dictator and they performed heroically, and they were sent to find weapons of mass destruction but there were none to be found. She also stated that instead of sending 21,000 more young American soldiers to Iraq as part of his same failed strategy, the president should focus on the global war on terrorism.

Since assuming office, Congresswoman Giffords has called for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq. She stated that the war began as a search for weapons of mass destruction but has devolved into a civil war between factions of religious extremists unwilling to set aside their age-old animosities for the sake of their country. She continued that unless Iraq’s sovereign government is willing and able to make the tough political compromises needed for stability, our troops should not be fighting in its civil war. She used these reasons as the basis for her support of legislation that links military funding in Iraq to principled and reasonable benchmarks for political and economic progress.

Congresswoman Giffords has voted to withdraw troops from Iraq and establish a timetable. However, she voted against resolutions calling for removal within 180 days.

 

Opposition to the Surge

In January of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords released a press statement noting her opposition to President Bush's plan to surge troops into Iraq.

In February of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords released another statement noting her approval of a resolution disapproving of the surge. The statement noted a floor speech she had made.

 

Overview of Contractors

In April of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords issued a press statement noting her support for additional oversight of contractors in Iraq.

 

Support for Withdrawal

In April of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords issued a press statement noting her vote on the Iraq Accountability Act. In May, the Congresswoman released another statement noting her support for a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq.

In September of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords released a press statement noting President Bush's intention to remove some troops from Iraq and her belief that this was not enough. 

In November of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords issued another press statement noting her vote to redeploy troops from Iraq.

 

Daily Star Interview

In August of 2010, Congresswoman Giffords was interviewed by the Daily Star and noted that her office had been protested due to her votes in favor of Iraq war funding.

 

Voting Record

Disapproval of the Surge Strategy

In February of 2007, the house passed a resolution disapproving of President Bush\'s recently announced surge strategy in Iraq. The vote on the bill was largely partisan, with a vast majority of Democrats supporting the legislation and thus disapproved of the surge. Although the resolution passed the house in roll call 99, it was not voted on in the Senate. Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy

In October 2007, the House put forth yet another resolution to require that President Bush submit a strategy for redeployment from Iraq. The bill explicitly stated that it endorsed to specific action, but rather required that the Secretary of Defense submit a strategy to congress for the redeployment of troops from Iraq within 60 days of the resolution. Although the resolution passed the House with bipartisan support, it was not voted on in the Senate. Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

In July of 2007, the House again addressed the issue of redeploying troops from the Iraqi theatre. This bill had the same goal as other resolutions to redeploy troops, but lacked the removal of funding that enforced the resolution. Although a small number of members from both side crossed party lines, the resolution passed in roll call 624 among largely partisan lines. Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

The Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act was an attempt by House Democrats to bring the number of American military members in Iraq to a limited number by April 1, 2008. The measure passed the House in a 223-201 vote, but was never raised in the Senate. Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Iraq Transition Act

The Iraq Transition Act was a bill to to require the Secretary of Defense to commence the reduction of the number of United States Armed Forces in Iraq to a limited presence by April 1, 2008, and for other purposes. The bill passed the House 221-196 but was never raised in the Senate. Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Gabrielle Giffords voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Troop Redeployment in 180 days

In May of 2007, the House attempted to pass a resolution to require that President Bush begin redeployment of troops from Iraq within 90 days and complete the withdrawal within 180 days. To enforce the resolution, language was added to restrict funding for any actions other than redeployment. Almost all Republicans opposed the resolution, and when a significant portion of Democrats joined the Republicans the resolution failed in roll call 330. Gabrielle Giffords voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

Gabrielle Giffords voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H Res 1111; Funding for Iraq War - Cosponsor

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that any funding provided by the United States to the Government of Iraq for reconstruction, training for Iraqi security forces, and fuel for United States operations in Iraq should be provided in the form of loans.

References

[1] Website: The Daily Star Article: Excerpts from an interview with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Author: NA Accessed on: 01/21/2011

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