Jon Tester on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Feb 14, 2011

Iraq Deserves Debate

In February of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for opening debate on the war in Iraq.

 

Transition the Mission

In March of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for transitioning the mission in Iraq.

 

Time for a Different Direction in Iraq

In March of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for recent legislation to transition the mission out of Iraq.

 

Strategy for Bringing Troops Home

In July of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting legislation to bring the troops home.

That same month, Senator Tester spoke on the Senate floor about his plan.

 

Dwell Time

In September of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for legislation that would require a dwell time equal to the deployment time for troops.

 

War Contractor Profiteering

In September of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for an amendment to investigate war time funding of contractors.

 

Trip to Iraq

In November of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting a trip he was about to take to Iraq and his general disapproval of the Bush administration handling of the war.

When he returned from Iraq, Senator Tester released another press statement noting his findings.

 

Commission on Wartime Contracting

In July of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his intentions to seek legislation to root out war contractors who have defrauded the government

In January of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his anger at the Bush administration's refusal to allow a commission on war time funding.

 

Private Security Forces

In February of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opposition to the hiring of private contractors in Iraq for war fighting purposes.

 

Waiting for Political Process

In June of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting that political process in Iraq was still not being achieved.

 

The Hidden Costs of War

In June of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement titled the hidden costs of war.

 

End of Combat Operations in Iraq

In August of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting the end of combat operations in Iraq.

 

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. Jon Tester voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of the phased redeployment plan.

Jon Tester 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) Jon Tester voted in favor of the legislation by voting for cloture. This was a vote against the surge strategy in Iraq

Jon Tester 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). Jon Tester voted in favor of S470 (disapproved of the surge) by voting for cloture.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of withdrawing the troops from Iraq.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of the measure to require equal dwell time.

Jon Tester voted in favor of the measure to require equal dwell time.

 

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.

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