Sherrod Brown on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Nov 04, 2012

Summary

Senator Brown voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq. He has remained a consistent opponent to the war and has called for our troops to redeploy from Iraq since the beginning of the war. Senator Brown also opposed the surge strategy and voted in favor of timetables for withdrawal. He blames the war in Iraq for taking away focus from the war in Afghanistan.

 

American Prospect Interview

In March of 2006, Congressman Brown was interviewed by The American Prospect. He noted his initial opposition to the war in Iraq, and his opinion on an exit strategy.

 

Second Ohio Interview

In July of 2006, Senator Brown was interviewed by a blog for the second congressional district in Ohio. He spoke about the war in Iraq and his belief that no permanent bases should be there.

 

Opposition to the War

In October of 2006, Senator Brown made a campaign stop where he called for an exit strategy to leave Iraq in the next two years.

In November of 2006, Senator Brown appeared on MSNBC and spoke about numerous items. One of those was the war in Iraq. He stated that he opposed the war from the start and that he advocated for the withdrawal from Iraq.

 

To Revise US Policy on Iraq

In March of 2007, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about his support for a resolution to require a withdrawal from Iraq and the need to revise US policy towards the war.

 

Change of Course

In May of 2007, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor in support of legislation to change course in Iraq and urging the President not to veto the legislation.

 

Afghanistan and Iraq

In 2009, Senator Brown visited Afghanistan. When he returned, he spoke about the need to address the corruption there and the effect that going to Iraq had on the resources to deal with Afghanistan.

 

Support for Redeployment

In August of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting his support for President Obama's redeployment of troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.

 

Official 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of 2011, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed an amendment to the yearly defense appropriations act that would have repealed the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the phased redeployment plan.

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

Sherrod Brown 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). Sherrod Brown voted in favor of S470 (disapproved of the surge) by voting for cloture.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of withdrawing the troops from Iraq.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the measure to require equal dwell time.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Sherrod Brown 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 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 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.

References

[1] Website: The American Prospect Article: A Talk with Sherrod Author: NA Accessed on: 01/24/2011

[2] Website: Ohio Second Blog Article: The Last Idealist - An Interview with Congressman Sherrod Brown Author: NA Accessed on: 01/25/2011

[3] Website: Cleveland.com Article: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, following weekend trip into Afghanistan, warns of corruption Author: Felipe Nieves Accessed on: 01/25/2011

[4] Website: WhizNews.com Article: SHERROD BROWN CALLS FOR EXIT STRATEGY IN IRAQ Author: NA Accessed on: 01/26/2011

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