Robert Casey on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Feb 15, 2011

Disapproval of the Surge

 In January of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his opposition to increased troop presence in Iraq.

Days later, Senator Casey released another statement noting that he would not support a troop escalation.

At the end of January, Senator Casey released a press statement supporting the passage of a bill condemning the surge out of committee. 

In February of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his vote to condemn the surge in Iraq.

 

A New Course in Iraq

In March of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for legislation to plot a new course in Iraq.

In April of 2007, Senator Casey released another statement calling for a change in direction in Iraq and calling the situation there a quagmire.

 

A New Way Forward

In March of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting legislation that would set a new course in Iraq.

 

Dwell Time

In July of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for an amendment that would require the same amount of time at home as time deployed.

 

Iraq Progress Report

In July of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his reaction to the Iraq progress report.

 

Wartime Contracting Investigation

In July of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for legislation to investigate wartime contracting.

 

Diplomatic Surge

In September of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for an amendment to create a diplomatic surge in Iraq.

 

Long Term Security Commitments

In December of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting a letter sent to President Bush urging him not to make long term commitments in Iraq without first asking Congress.

 

Foreign Policy Address

In January of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting numerous items, including Iraq.

 

Iraq Security Agreements

In February of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting questions he had asked Secretary of State Rice about a security agreement signed by Iraq and the US.

In June of 2008, Senator Casey reacted to security agreements reached between the US and Afghanistan in a press statement

In August of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting that he had introduced legislation to prevent the Bush administration from entering into long term security agreements with Iraq. 

 

5th Anniversary Statements

In March of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting the 5th anniversary of the war in Iraq.

 

Greater International Support

In April of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting legislation he was sponsoring that would urge greater international support for the war in Iraq.

The following day, Senator Casey released another statement noting the passage of the legislation through the senate.

 

Private Contractors

 In July of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his questioning of Secretary of State Rice on the use of contractors 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. Robert Casey voted against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Robert Casey voted against 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 Casey voted in favor of the phased redeployment plan.

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

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

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

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

Robert Casey 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.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1545; Iraq Study Group Recommendations Implementation Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress: (1) that the President should formulate a comprehensive plan to implement the Iraq Study Group recommendations; (2) respecting diplomatic efforts in Iraq; and (3) respecting redeployment of U.S. combat brigades not necessary for force protection and other specified duties by the first quarter of 2008.

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.

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