Tim Walz on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Official Website Statements

I opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and I believe our military engagement there must be brought to a responsible conclusion. The courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces have served admirably and improved the security situation in Iraq. But the Iraq government continues to fail to seize on the security gains to accomplish the real goal of the surge: political accommodation and economic reform.

In January of 2008, I traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to learn more about the medical care that soldiers receive when they are injured in battle. I met with General David Petraeus, then commander of the U.S. forces in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. I also met soldiers from southern Minnesota and saw firsthand that the U.S. Armed Forces are performing their mission excellently.

However, my trip confirmed for me that the Iraqi government was not making political progress and that the President Bush's policies in Iraq have created a dependent state that drains needed American resources – resources we need for Americans struggling in these tough economic times and for our real, most fundamental national security priorities.

 

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. Tim Walz voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Tim Walz 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. Tim Walz voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Tim Walz 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. Tim Walz voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Tim Walz 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. Tim Walz voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Tim Walz 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. Tim Walz voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Tim Walz 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. Tim Walz voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Tim Walz voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

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