Robert Menendez on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Feb 17, 2011

Amnesty for Iraqi Insurgents

In June of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his opposition to the possibility of giving amnesty to insurgents that killed Americans in Iraq. 

In June of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting the passage of an amendment that he sponsored to deny amnesty to Iraqis that kill Americans.

 

Change in Course in Iraq

In June of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting the need for a change in course in Iraq.

 

Response to Presidential Address

In July of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his uneasiness concerning the future in Iraq due to an address given by the Iraqi President.

 

 Appointment to Foreign Relations Committee

In November of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his appointment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his intention to work towards a new path in Iraq.

 

Iraq Study Group Report

In November of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting the report by the Iraq Study Group.

 

Reaction to the State of the Union

In January of 2007, Senator Menendez responded to a state of the union address by noting that the President needed to change course in Iraq.

 

Opposition to the Surge

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his belief that the Republicans in the Congress were running interference for the White House. He also notes his objection to any possible troop increase.

Senator Menendez also spoke on the Senate floor about his opposition to the war and to the surge. 

 

Time for a Date Certain

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting that it was time for a date to be set on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

 

Benchmarks Without Consequences are Just Aspirations

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his objection to the establishment of benchmarks in Iraq without establishing consequences for missing those benchmarks.

 

Republican Positions

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a statement declaring that Republicans in Congress should denote their position on the surge tactic.

 

Redeployment Floor Statement

In March of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a floor speech he made in which he discusses the resolution to redeploy from Iraq.

 

Response to Presidential Speech

In March of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his response to the President's speech on the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq.

 

Appropriations Bill

 In March of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a vote on an appropriations bill that would require the withdraw of troops from Iraq.

 

Success, Not Surrender

In April of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the passage of legislation that included a definite withdrawal date.

 

Feingold Amendment

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the Feingold amendment to set a date in 2008 as a deadline for withdrawal.

 

Reiterating Call for Withdrawal

 In July of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement reiterating his support for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Senator Menendez also voiced opposition to the filibuster of an amendment to end the war.

 

No Incentive to Take Charge

In September of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his belief that the plan in Iraq does nothing to force the Iraqis to take charge in Iraq.

 

Feingold Amendment

In September of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his floor speech in support of the Feingold amendment and other items.

 

Dwell Time

In September of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for legislation that would require troops to remain at home in the US for a time equal to their deployment time.

 

Reaction to Bush Speech

In September of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement reacting to President Bush's speech on Iraq.

 

Floor Statement on Iraq 

In February of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a floor speech he gave on Iraq.

 

Reaction to President Obama's Plan

In March of 2009, Senator Menedez released a press statement noting his support for President Obama's plan.

 

Questioning the 18 month Withdrawal

In December of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his questioning of the 18 month withdrawal strategy.

 

On the Last Troops

In August of 2010, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the full removal of combat troops.

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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the phased redeployment plan.

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

Robert Menendez 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). Robert Menendez voted in favor of S470 (disapproved of the surge) by voting for cloture.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of withdrawing the troops from Iraq.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the measure to require equal dwell time.

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

Robert Menendez 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 2633; A bill to provide for the safe redeployment of United States troops from Iraq. - Cosponsor

Directs the President to transition the mission of U.S. forces in Iraq to the following purposes: conducting limited scope and duration operations against al Qaeda and other international terrorist organizations; providing security for U.S. infrastructure and personnel; training and equipping Iraqi security services and U.S. forces; redeploying U.S. forces from Iraq. Exempts such activities from the funding and redeployment provisions of this Act. Directs the President to begin the phased redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq. Prohibits funds from being obligated or expended to continue the U.S. Armed Forces deployment in Iraq as of 120 days after the enactment of this Act.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2426; Congressional Oversight of Iraq Agreements Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for congressional oversight of United States agreements with the Government of Iraq.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 287; Prohibiting Funds for the Surge - Cosponsor

Prohibits the U.S. government from obligating or expending funds to increase the number of U.S. military forces in Iraq above the number for such forces which existed as of January 9, 2007, without a specific congressional authorization for such increase.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 233; Prohibiting funds for the surge - Cosponsor

Prohibits the U.S. government from obligating or expending funds to increase the number of U.S. military forces in Iraq above the number for such forces which existed as of January 9, 2007, without a specific congressional authorization for such increase.

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