Phil Hare on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Oct 03, 2010

Official Website Statements

IRAQ

In August of 2008, I traveled to Iraq with former Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake and other colleagues of the House Veterans Affairs Committee to see first-hand the whole spectrum of medical care being provided to our wounded warriors. I toured medical facilities in Kuwait, Iraq, and Germany and met with injured soldiers and medical personnel. I left Iraq with a renewed commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our troops while they are deployed, and making sure we uphold our promise of care when they return.

My trip also gave the opportunity to examine the situation on the ground. I met with General David Petraeus and discussed with him the security situation and any progress that had been made from recent troop surges.

Eight years later, our military presence in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans, an Army stretched to its limits, a weakened U.S. economy and increased deficit, and limited ability to respond to a major disaster or national security crisis in the U.S. There is no doubt that our troops have served bravely but now it is time for the Iraqi government to take control of its nation’s security.

On August 18, 2010 the last combat brigade left Iraq and President Obama renewed his commitment to bringing all troops home by 2011. As our troops return to their families, I will continue my work in Congress to ensure these heroes receive the benefits they were promised when they pledged to defend this great Nation.

 

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. Phil Hare voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Phil Hare 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. Phil Hare voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Phil Hare 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. Phil Hare voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Phil Hare 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. Phil Hare voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Phil Hare 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. Phil Hare voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Phil Hare 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. Phil Hare voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Phil Hare voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H J Res 18; To redeploy U.S. forces from Iraq. - Cosponsor

States that: (1) the deployment of U.S. forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date; (2) a quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S. Marines shall be deployed in the region; and (3) the United States shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy.

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.

Session-110; Bill Number-H Res 97; Providing for Operation Iraqi Freedom cost accountability. - Cosponsor

Requires: (1) the Department of Defense Inspector General and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction to report quarterly to Congress respecting the expenditures of military and reconstruction funds in Iraq, including efforts to obtain assistance from other countries and an assessment of future funding needs; (2) the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an audit if either Inspector General fails to submit such report; and (3) the imposition of sanctions against contractors who have engaged in profiteering or fraud.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 787; Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

States that: (1) U.S. Armed Forces levels in Iraq after the date of enactment of this Act shall not exceed January 10, 2007, levels without specific statutory authority enacted by Congress after the date of the enactment of this Act; and (2) except as otherwise provided, the phased redeployment of U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq shall begin by May 1, 2007.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 508; Bring the Troops Home and Iraq Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To require United States military disengagement from Iraq, to provide United States assistance for reconstruction and reconciliation in Iraq, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H Res 41; Opposition to the Surge - Cosponsor

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that an increase in number of members of the United States Forces deployed in Iraq is the wrong course of action and that a drastic shift in the political and diplomatic strategy of the United States is needed to help secure and stabilize Iraq.

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.

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