Rosa DeLauro on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Jun 14, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

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Rosa did not support the authorization to use force in Iraq and has consistently called for a phased, responsible redeployment out of the country. She believes that our troops, along with their families, have sacrificed so much and have performed magnificently in implementing the mission they were given in Iraq. They deserve to be honored accordingly.

Rosa supports the U.S.-Iraq agreement to redeploy U.S. forces out of Iraq and the Obama Administration’s efforts to responsibly implement that agreement and end the war. She believes it is critical that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq end as planned by August 31, 2010 and that we remove all of our troops by the end of 2011.

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. Rosa DeLauro voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Rosa DeLauro 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. Rosa DeLauro voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Rosa DeLauro 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. Rosa DeLauro voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Rosa DeLauro 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. Rosa DeLauro voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Rosa DeLauro 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. Rosa DeLauro voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Rosa DeLauro 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. Rosa DeLauro voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Rosa DeLauro voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Authorization for the use of Force in Iraq

The authorization for the use of force in Iraq was voted on in October of 2002. The authorization had the support of almost all Republicans and more than 1/3 of the Democrats. Rosa DeLauro voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Rosa DeLauro voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2929; Permanent Bases in Iraq - Cosponsor

To limit the use of funds to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq or to exercise United States economic control of the oil resources of Iraq.

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