James McGovern on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Jul 09, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Iraq and Afghanistan

Jim McGovern voted against the war in Iraq. He believes it was a war of choice, not necessity. There were no weapons of mass destruction. The costs have been enormous.

Over 4,400 brave American men and women have been killed in Iraq over the past 8 years, including over 80 from Massachusetts. Over 32,000 have been wounded, many so seriously that it will affect the rest of their lives. And thousands more suffer from post-traumatic stress.

The United States has borrowed nearly $750 billion – none of it paid for – to fight the war in Iraq.

Jim did vote, after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, to authorize the use of force against Al Qaeda and those who provide them sanctuary. But he is very concerned that our mission in Afghanistan now is very different.

We are engaged in nation-building in Afghanistan. Jim McGovern believes that we should be doing some more nation-building here at home. We should be doing more to create jobs and improve our economy, rather than borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up a corrupt, inefficient Karzai government in Afghanistan.

President Obama has pledged to begin the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by July, 2011. Jim McGovern has worked with Walter Jones, a Republican congressman from North Carolina, to draft legislation requiring the White House to submit a plan that outlines how they intend to meet that withdrawal goal.
 

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. James McGovern voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

James McGovern 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. James McGovern voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

James McGovern 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. James McGovern voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

James McGovern 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. James McGovern voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

James McGovern 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. James McGovern voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

James McGovern 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. James McGovern voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

James McGovern 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. James McGovern voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

James McGovern voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

 

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 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.

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