Shelley Berkley on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2012

Summary

Congresswomab Berkley initially supported the war and voted for it. A few years after the war started, Congresswoman Berkley stated that the Bush administration had misled the American public about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. By 2005, she supported ending the war, but remained opposed to timetables for withdrawal. She opposed the surge.

While in office, Congresswoman Berkley mostly cast "No Votes" on Democratic led legislation to establish time tables instead of voting against them. She voted in favor of a resolution to disapprove the surge and another to require a plan for leaving Iraq.

Authorization for the Use of Force

In 2002, Congresswoman Berkley voted in favor of the authorization of the use of force. She stated that Iraq was in violation of 16 different United Nations' resolutions over the past decade. She added that Iraq had demonstrated its willingness to use horrific weapons in battle and against its own peopleand that the United States and the United Nations are justified in their efforts to rid Iraq of biological and chemical weapons. Finally, she stated that we could not wait any longer as Saddam Hussein was increasing his arsenal of chemical and biological weapons while aggressively working to build nuclear capacity.

Misled

In 2004, Congresswoman Berkley stated on the House floor that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, no nuclear weapons, no weapons programs and that there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein had a plan to recruit or the capabilities to rebuild his arsenal of chemical and biological weapons. She asserted that the Bush administration mislead the American people by ignoring the facts and trying to justify the invasion of a nation that we now know posed no imminent threat to the United States.

Removing the Troops

In 2005, Congresswoman Berkley stated that criticizing the way the war has been bungled is not unpatriotic, but is is the ultimate act of patriotism. In 2006, she stated that she was firmly opposed to any timetable for the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq.

The Surge

In 2007, Congresswoman Berkley stated that President Bush had not presented to the American people a strategy for the victory in Iraq and that before one more American soldier is deployed to Iraq, the President needs to put forth a strategy that outlines where we are going, how we will get there, what we can expect to achieve, and the meaning of victory. She added that sending 20,000 more U.S. troops into combat will not end terror, achieve victory or ensure Iraqi control. Nor will it prevent Iraq’s continued plunge into a violent civil war. She then reasserted that she opposed timetables for withdrawal.

A month later, she stated that throwing 20,000 additional Americans into the carnage of a Sunni-Shiite civil war can only allow the Iraqi government to continue to shirk its responsibility for the security of its own people as they continue to use our troops to eliminate their adversaries rather than sitting down and negotiating with them to share power and oil revenue.

 

Authorization for the Use of Force

In October of 2002, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor in support of the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq.

 

Americans Misled

In April of 2004, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor about her view that Americans had been misled by the Bush administration concerning the build up to the war in Iraq.

 

Remove the Troops Now

In November of 2005, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor about her view that the US troops should be removed from Iraq and returned home.

 

Non-Binding Resolution

In 2006, Congresswoman Berkeley issued a press statement noting her opposition to a non-binding Republican led effort to set timetables for withdrawal and link Saddam Hussein to 9/11.

 

Statement on the Surge

In January of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her opposition to the surge.

 

Floor Speech on Surge

On February 15, 2007 Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor in opposition to the surge.

 

Iraq War Resolution

In February of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor in support of a resolution to remove troops from Iraq.

 

Time for a New Course

In April of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act.

 

Reaction to Troops Returning

In October of 2011, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her response to the decision to remove all troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.

 

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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Shelley Berkley 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. Shelley Berkley voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Shelley Berkley 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. Shelley Berkley cast a "No Vote"

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. Shelley Berkley cast a "No Vote"

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. Shelley Berkley cast a "No Vote"

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. Shelley Berkley voted against withdrawing troops in 180 days.

Shelley Berkley voted against withdrawing 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. Shelley Berkley voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

Shelley Berkley voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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