Benjamin Cardin on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Mar 28, 2012

Opposition to Surge Strategy

In January of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting his opposition to the the surge strategy in Iraq. That same day, he spoke on the Senate floor in oppositon to the strategy.

 

 

 

Resolution Denouncing Troop Escalation

In June of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting his support for a resolution in opposition to the troop escalation. He issued a second statement noting his vote in support of the resolution.

 

 

Troop Escalation is Wrong

In February of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting a floor speech given in opposition to the troop escalation.

 

Joint Resolution to Transition in Iraq

In March of 2008, Senator Cardin released a press statement noting his view that it was time to transition the government in Iraq to the Iraqis. He refers to Iraq as a civil war.

 

Support for Supplemental Spending Bill

In March of 2007, Senator Cardin released a press statement noting his support for a supplemental spending bill that would require a withdraw from Iraq.

 

We Need a New Strategy in Iraq

In April of 2008, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting the need for a new strategy in Iraq. He stated in that message that he has always believed that Iraq was a mistake.

 

Interim Report

In Thursday of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting his reaction to an interim report that showed some progress in Iraq. He stated that the evidence showed that it was time to remove the troops from Iraq.

 

Levin-Reid Amendment

In July of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a statement noting a floor speech in which he expressed his support for the Levin-Reid amendment to change the mission in Iraq to limit US involvement to conducting counter-terrorism operations. He issued a second statement when the Republicans blocked the amendment from coming up for a vote.

 

 

Internationalize the Effort in Iraq

In July of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting a floor speeck he gave in support of utilizing international support for the war effort in Iraq.

 

Call to Remove Troops

In September of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting his desire to see the troop level in Iraq lessened and removed from Iraq.

 

Support for a Time Table

In September of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting his support for an amendment to establish a time table for withdraw from Iraq.

 

Opposition to Omnibus Spending

In December of 2007, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting his view in opposition to additional funding for Iraq.

 

Feingold Amendment

In February of 2008, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting a speech given in which he noted his support for the Feingold amendment to end the war.

 

Reaction to Withdrawal

In November of 2011, Senator Cardin issued a press statement noting his support for President Obama's withdrawal of troops from Iraq. He had given a statement in October of that year in which he stated that he always believed that the Iraq war was a mistake.

 

 

 

2012 Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Repealing the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq

In November of 2011, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed an amendment to the yearly defense appropriations act that would have repealed the authorization for the use of force in Iraq. The amendment failed 30-67 with Democrats equally split and a vast majority of Republicans opposing the measure. Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Phased Redeployment

On March 15, 2007, S J Res 9 was put forth in an attempt to convince President Bush to commit to timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The bill was titled "United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 - Phased Redeployment" and called upon the President to begin the withdrawal of troops from Iraq within 120 days of the enactment of the legislation, and to have all troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2008. The bill was defeated on roll call 75, which was largely among partisan lines with 1 Republican joining the Democrats and 3 Democrats joining the rest of the Republicans. Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the phased redeployment plan.

Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the phased redeployment plan.

Approval of the Surge Strategy

The second piece of legislation was S 574, and it came up for a vote on February 17 and had two main points of emphasis : the Senate continued to support the troops already on the ground in Iraq; and the Senate disapproved of the President\'s surge strategy. The bill only got 56 of the 60 votes required for cloture. 7 Republicans voted in favor of the legislation while only 1 Democrat sided with the Republicans. 10 Senators cast a "No Vote" (9 R and 1 D). (roll call) Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the legislation by voting for cloture. This was a vote against the surge strategy in Iraq

Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the legislation by voting for cloture. This was a vote against the surge strategy in Iraq

Approval of the Surge Strategy

On January 10, 2007, President Bush announced a "surge" strategy in which 20,000 additional troops would be sent to Iraq to bolster the troops already there. In February of 2007, the US Senate voted on two bills with the purposes of expressing the Senate\'s disapproval of this strategy. S 470 was the first such piece of legislation, and it came up for a vote on the Senate floor on February 5, 2007. Along with expressing the disapproval of the Senate towards the President\'s recently announced strategy, the bill also outlined a series of strategy suggestions for the President. These suggestions included the transfer of equipment to Iraqi officials, the continuing of operations in the Anbar province, and numerous other items. The bill only got 49 of the 60 votes required for cloture. Only 2 members of each party voted with the opposing party with almost all Democrats voting to disapprove the surge and almost all Republicans voting to approve of the strategy by refusing to allow the legislation a cloture vote. (roll call 44). Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of S470 (disapproved of the surge) by voting for cloture.

Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of S470 (disapproved of the surge) by voting for cloture.

To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq

In September of 2007, the Senate voted on an amendment by Senator Levin to require that all troops begin to be withdrawn within 90 days. The amendment also stated that the troops remaining in Iraq would only be there for the purposes of protecting US personnel and infrastructure. Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of withdrawing the troops from Iraq.

Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of withdrawing the troops from Iraq.

Dwell Time

In September of 2007, the Senate voted on a measure to require US servicemen be stationed at home for an amount of time equal to their deployment time. The measure received a majority of votes, but not the number required to pass. Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the measure to require equal dwell time.

Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the measure to require equal dwell time.

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. Benjamin Cardin voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Benjamin Cardin voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S J Res 9; United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 - Cosponsor

Directs the President to begin the phased redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq within 120 days of enactment of this joint resolution with the goal of redeploying by March 31, 2008, all U.S. combat forces from Iraq, except for a limited number essential for protecting U.S. and coalition personnel and infrastructure, training and equipping Iraqi forces, and conducting targeted counter-terrorism operations. Requires the President to transition the U.S. forces' mission in Iraq promptly to such purposes. States that such redeployment shall be implemented as part of a diplomatic, political, and economic strategy that includes sustained engagement with Iraq's neighbors and the international community in order to bring stability to Iraq. Directs the President, not later than 60 days after enactment of this Act and every 90 days thereafter, to report to Congress on the progress made in such mission transition and force redeployment.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1825; Commission on Wartime Contracting Establishment Act - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for the study and investigation of wartime contracts and contracting processes in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S Con Res 2; A concurrent resolution expressing the bipartisan resolution on Iraq. - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) it is not in the U.S. national interest to deepen its military involvement in Iraq, particularly by increasing the U.S. military presence in Iraq; (2) the primary objective of U.S. strategy in Iraq should be to have the Iraqi political leaders make the political compromises necessary to end the violence in Iraq; (3) greater regional and international support would assist the Iraqis in achieving a political solution and national reconciliation; (4) main elements of U.S. forces in Iraq should transition to helping ensure Iraq's territorial integrity, conduct counterterrorism activities, reduce regional interference in Iraq's internal affairs, and accelerate training of Iraqi troops; (5) the United States should transfer, under an appropriately expedited timeline, responsibility for internal security and halting sectarian violence in Iraq to the government of Iraq and Iraqi security forces; and (6) the United States should engage nations in the Middle East to develop a regional, internationally-sponsored peace and reconciliation process for Iraq.

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