Paul Hodes on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Sep 28, 2010

Summary

Congressman Hodes has been a strong opponent of the war in Iraq. While running for Congress in 2006, Mr Hodes stated that the soldiers in Iraq were not aware of who their enemies were and were mired in a civil war.

 

Dartmouth Speech

In October of 2006, while running for Congress, Paul Hodes stated that the situation in Iraq was a civil war and that our troops did not know the difference between friends and enemies.

 

 

Opposition to Surge

 

Campaign Website Statements

Ending the War in Iraq.
Paul Hodes campaigned and fought tirelessly to bring our troops home safely from Iraq. Paul Hodes believes that it is time for Iraqis to step up and take charge of their country. Paul is proud of his efforts to end blank-check war funding, reign in contracting abuses, and hold the previous administration accountable for its mistakes. He supports the Obama administration’s efforts to responsibly bring the war to a close and will work in the Senate to make sure they follow the timeline set for withdrawal.

 

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. Paul Hodes voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Paul Hodes 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 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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