Tammy Baldwin on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Nov 01, 2012

Summary

Congresswoman Baldwin has remained a strong opponent to the war in Iraq since its conception. She voted against authorizing the use of force there and has argued for the removal of troops and ending the war since it began.

The Use of Force

In 2003, Congresswoman Baldwin stated that it is clear that Saddam Hussein has been and continues to be a threat to Iraq's neighbors, his own people, and to all peace-loving nations of the world. She added that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous terrible dictator, but a preemptive war is not justified as Iraq is neither an immediate or an imminent threat to the security of the American people. She voted against the authorization for the use of force.

Troop Redeployment

In 2006, Congresswoman Baldwin supported legislation to redeploy troops from Iraq. She stated that America's reasons for maintaining her superpower status must be to export the best of our democratic system of governance and the hope of the American dream to the rest of the world. She added that these cherished ideals cannot be exported through force.

The Surge

In discussing her opposition to the surge in Iraq, Congresswoman Baldwin first denoted a series of things that we now know about Iraq. She stated that Iraq was a war of choice and not a war of necessity, that Iraq posed no imminent danger to America that would justify ``preemptive'' war, that Iraq had nothing to do with the tragic September 11 attacks, that our war in Iraq has diverted our attention and our resources from efforts to combat terrorist threats to our Nation, that worldwide resentment of our military presence in Iraq has become a central recruiting tool for terrorist organizations worldwide, and that the planning and execution of this war was wrought with enormous miscalculations. She concluded by stating that Congress not only has the right, but the responsibility to assert its constitutional role as a co-equal branch of government in overseeing the conduct of this war and bringing it to an end.

 

The Use of Force

In March of 2003, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the measure to grant the authorization to use force, but she did note the danger posed by Sadaam Hussein.

 

Redeploy Our Troops

In June of 2006, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in support of a measure to redelpoy the troops from Iraq.

 

Iraq War Resolution

In February of 2007, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in support of the Iraq War Resolution and stating that Congress needed to be more vigilant in pursuing an end to the conflict in Iraq.

 

Statement on the Surge

In February of 2007, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a statement noting her vote on a resolution disapproving of the surge and her opposition to the plan.

 

Iraq War Supplemental

In March of 2007, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in support of the Iraq Supplemental spending bill that would end the war.

 

Iraq Troop Withdrawal

In October of 2011, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for President Obama's decision to bring the troops from Iraq home.

 

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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Tammy Baldwin voted against 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. Tammy Baldwin voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted to support the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted to support the resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Tammy Baldwin 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 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.

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