Sheldon Whitehouse on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Mar 14, 2011

Plan for Iraq

In January of 2007 Senator Whitehouse spoke in a web address about Iraq and the surge plan. He stated that he opposed the surge strategy and that it compounded with an earlier problem.

 

Time for a Real Change of Course

In January of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement calling for a change of course in Iraq.

 

National Intelligence Estimate

In February of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting a recent national intelligence estimate and reiterating a call for troop redeployment.

 

Redeployment Vote

In February of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting a recent vote to redeploy troops from Iraq.

 

Response to British Deployment

In February of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting the redeployment of British troops from Iraq and calling for the President to follow suit.

 

Redeploy by April 2008

In March of 2007, Senator Whitehouse issued a press statement noting his cosponsorship of legislation to require a withdraw of troops from Iraq by March 31, 2008.

Later in that month, Senator Whitehouse issued a statement noting the passage of this legislation through the Senate.

 

Urging New Direction in Iraq

In April of 2007, Senator Whitehouse issued a press statement noting his urging of President Bush to withdraw troops from Iraq.

 

Praise of Senate Passage of Funding for Withdraw

In April of 2007, Senator Whitehouse issued a press statement noting his support for legislation that passed the Senate and provided funding for the troops in Iraq and required their withdraw.

 

Wartime Contracting Commission

In July of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for efforts to establish a commission on wartime contracting.

 

Iraq Rally

In July of 2007 Senator Whitehouse spoke at a rally to end the Iraq war and stated that President Bush was not listening to the country on the subject of Iraq.

 

Time for Troops to Come Home

In September of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting a report issued by General Petraeus and his belief that it was time for the troops to come home. 

 

One Year Anniversary of the Surge

In January of 2008, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting the one year anniversary of the surge in Iraq.

 

The President Must Begin Bringing Troops Home

In April of 2008, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for bringing the troops home immediately.

 

Response to President Obama's Plan

In February of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for President Obama's plan to withdraw the troops from Iraq.

 

End of Combat Missions

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

 

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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of the phased redeployment plan.

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

Sheldon Whitehouse 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). Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of S470 (disapproved of the surge) by voting for cloture.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of withdrawing the troops from Iraq.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of the measure to require equal dwell time.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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 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 1077; Transition the mission - Cosponsor

Directs the President to transition the mission of U.S. forces in Iraq to the following purposes: (1) conducting limited scope and duration operations against al Qaeda and other international terrorist organizations; (2) providing security for U.S. infrastructure and personnel; and (3) training and equipping Iraqi security services.

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