Robert Brady on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Oct 10, 2010

Official Website Statements

Iraq & Afghanistan

I have worked for a number of years to ensure a safe and timely return from Iraq for our troops. By the end of 2010, nearly all US troops will have left Iraq, and a fledgling, though still struggling, democracy will be in place. Following withdrawal, it is likely that a residual force will be left in Iraq and in the region to conduct targeted counter-terrorism missions against al Qaeda, and to protect American diplomatic and civilian personnel. Nevertheless, I believe that permanent bases should not be built in the country, and that we should continue efforts to train and support the Iraqi security forces, as long as Iraqi leaders continue to move toward political reconciliation and away from sectarianism.

I support President Obama’s call to increase troop strength in Afghanistan in order to stabilize the country and provide security for the Afghan people. The military posture is intended to set the conditions for stable civilian rule, and to prevent Al Qaeda from regaining a foothold in this important area. I also support the President’s call for evaluating the troop increase after 18 months, and beginning a stable withdrawal as conditions permit. We cannot allow those who would do us harm to fill a vacuum of ungoverned areas from which to plan, coordinate, and launch attacks against us. However, we must make clear to Afghans that their future is theirs alone.

 

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. Robert Brady voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Robert Brady 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. Robert Brady voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Robert Brady 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. Robert Brady voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Robert Brady 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. Robert Brady voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Robert Brady 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. Robert Brady voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Robert Brady 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. Robert Brady cast a "No Vote"

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. Robert Brady voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Robert Brady 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 2574; Iraq Study Group Recommendations Implementation Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To implement the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group.

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.

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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