John Yarmuth on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Iraq/National Security

Congressman Yarmuth believes war is a last resort, and the best way to keep our troops out of harm's way is for the United States to immediately begin removing its military footprint in Iraq. This means restricting all military personnel to defensive and training roles, and ensuring that no American troops are in harm's way.

The Congressman also believes it is time for the Iraqi people to take control of their own nation and security again. He voted to require the Iraqi people to meet the key security, political and economic benchmarks established by the President, and to redeploy American troops from Iraq if these benchmarks are not met. He called on the House Appropriations Committee to require the Government of Iraq to take more ownership over reconstruction projects and training for security forces rather than continuing to allow the financial burden of these projects to rest solely on the United States, which has already spent over $45 billion on Iraq's reconstruction.

In his continuing commitment to protecting our nation from threats of foreign terrorism, Congressman Yarmuth voted to improve national security by implementing the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 commission, which improves homeland security, prevents terrorists from acquiring WMDs, and develops strategies to prevent the spread of terrorism. The Congressman is committed to ensuring that our intelligence community grows, the Department of Homeland Security strengthens, and our local responders are fully supported.

 

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. John Yarmuth voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

John Yarmuth 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. John Yarmuth voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

John Yarmuth 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. John Yarmuth voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

John Yarmuth 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. John Yarmuth voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

John Yarmuth 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. John Yarmuth voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

John Yarmuth 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. John Yarmuth voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

John Yarmuth 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 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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