Sheila Jackson Lee on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Oct 21, 2010

Summary

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has opposed the Iraq war from the start. She voted against granting President Bush the authority to use force, against the surge strategy, and in favor of timetables for withdrawal. She has spoke out against all these facets of the war.

 

Opposition to the War

In July of 2007, Congresswoman Jackson Lee spoke at a Redress America rally.

 

Opposition to the Surge

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Sheila Jackson-Lee voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 109; To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties - Cosponsor

Establishes the National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties to investigate, and report to the President and Congress on, the broad range of executive branch national security policies undertaken since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, including: (1) detention by the Armed Forces and the intelligence community; (2) the use by such entities of enhanced interrogation techniques or techniques not authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice; (3) "ghosting" or other policies intended to conceal an individual's capture or detention; (4) extraordinary rendition; (5) domestic warrantless electronic surveillance; (6) targeted killings away from conventional battlefields; and (7) the use of state secrets or other litigation tactics or privileges to avoid judicial review of national security actions.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 232; Military Success in Iraq And Diplomatic Surge for National and Political Reconciliation in Iraq Act of 2011 - Prime Sponsor

Makes specified declarations of policy, including that: (1) the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (the Iraq Resolution) is the sole basis of authority under which the President launched the invasion of Iraq in 2003; (2) Congress authorized the use of such force to defend U.S. national security and to enforce all relevant United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and (3) Congress has the ultimate authority to determine whether such objectives have been achieved. Repeals the Iraq Resolution. Requires the withdrawal, by the earlier of October 1, 2011, or 90 days after the enactment of this Act, of all units and members of U.S. Armed Forces deployed in Iraq, as well as all security forces under federal contract and working in Iraq. Provides exceptions. States as the policy of the United States to pursue regional and international initiatives to assist Iraq in achieving certain security, political, and economic milestones. Sets forth presidential actions to implement such policy.

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 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.

Session-110; Bill Number-H Res 41; Opposition to the Surge - Cosponsor

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that an increase in number of members of the United States Forces deployed in Iraq is the wrong course of action and that a drastic shift in the political and diplomatic strategy of the United States is needed to help secure and stabilize Iraq.

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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