Jerrold Nadler on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Jun 20, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Supporting Peace with Security in the Middle East and Fighting Anti-Semitism Around the World

A longtime critic of violence and warfare, Jerry opposed the war in Iraq from the outset and worked with the Out of Iraq Caucus to end America’s involvement in that sectarian civil war. In response to the attacks of 9/11, he voted in favor of using military force in Afghanistan to destroy Al Qaeda strongholds and prevent further attacks. Since that specific mission was accomplished, however, Jerry has been at the forefront of the opposition to continuing that now-unfocused and wasteful war. He believes that the Afghan war has needlessly cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, endangered the U.S. reputation in the world, and done little to resolve an intractable civil war.

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. Jerrold Nadler cast a "No Vote"

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. Jerrold Nadler voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Jerrold Nadler 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. Jerrold Nadler voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Jerrold Nadler 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. Jerrold Nadler voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Jerrold Nadler 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. Jerrold Nadler voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Jerrold Nadler 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. Jerrold Nadler voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Jerrold Nadler 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. Jerrold Nadler voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Jerrold Nadler 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 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 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.

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