Michele Bachmann on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Jul 08, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Bachmann came into office in 2007 and has not been vocal on Iraq. In February of 2007, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke against a resolution condemning the surge in Iraq by stating that Iraq was then the central front in the war on terror. She stated that victory in the war on terror should transcend politics. In May of that year, Congresswoman Bachmann called for a vote on funding for the war without attachments to deadlines by stating that the US must not, as a nation, be invested in defeat.

While in office, Congresswoman Bachmann has voted against resolutions attempting to establish time tables for withdrawal and against resolutions to withdraw the troops.

 

Floor Speech in Opposition to Surge Resolution

On February 15, 2007 Congresswoman Bachmann spoke on the House floor in opposition to the resolution condemning the surge in Iraq.

 

Statement on Opposition to Surge Resolution

In February of 2007, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her opposition to a recent resolution that disapproved of the surge strategy proposed by President Bush.

 

A Clean Spending Bill

On May 2, 2007 Congresswoman Bachmann spoke on the House floor and asked the Congress to pass a "clean" spending bill for Iraq. The Democrats had previously attempted to pass a spending bill for Iraq attached to withdraw deadlines.

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. Michele Bachmann voted against this resolution, and therefore supported the surge.

Michele Bachmann voted against this resolution, and therefore supported 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. Michele Bachmann voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Michele Bachmann 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. Michele Bachmann voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Michele Bachmann voted against 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. Michele Bachmann voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Michele Bachmann voted against 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. Michele Bachmann voted against this resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Michele Bachmann voted against this 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. Michele Bachmann voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

Michele Bachmann voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H Con Res 315; Supporting the idea that coalition victory in Iraq is possible. - Cosponsor

Supports the idea that the war in Iraq is not lost. Recognizes that: (1) the overall progress being made on the ground in Iraq is undeniable; (2) much of this progress is due to the skill and valor of the American service member; and (3) the decision by the President and our military leadership to provide a surge of troops to implement a new counterinsurgency strategy was the correct course of action.

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