Bob Corker on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Nov 21, 2011

Reaction to Petraus Vote

In January of 2007, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his support for the appointment of General Petraus to lead the forces in Iraq.

 

Bush and Diplomacy in Iraq

In February of 2007, Senator Corker isued a press statement noting questions he asked of Ambassador Crocker to be sure that President Bush was supportive of diplomacy in Iraq.

 

The Real Fight will be over Funding

In March of 2007, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting that the real fight in the battle for the Iraq war will be over funding.

 

Supplemental Spending

In March of 2007, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting that he supported the supplemental funding bill in Iraq because he believed that General Petraus should be given time to implement a successful strategy.

 

Opposition to Withdrawal Dates

In March of 2007, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting that he was against an arbitrary date for withdrawal in Iraq.

 

Petraus Hearings

In April of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his view that the surge was successful.

 

Greater International Support for Iraq

In April of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting a resolution he introduced to urge greater support for international support in Iraq.

 

Elections Send Strong Democratic Signal

In January of 2009, Senator Corker released a press statement noting that the provincial elections in Iraq are a strong sign for Democracy.

 

Ending Sanctions on Iraq

In July of 2009, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his view that it was time to end the 1991 sanctions that were placed on 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of 2011, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed an amendment to the yearly defense appropriations act that would have repealed the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.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. Bob Corker voted against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Bob Corker 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. Bob Corker voted against the phased redployment plan.

Bob Corker voted against the phased redployment 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) Bob Corker cast a "No Vote"

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). Bob Corker voted against cloture on S470 and therefore supported the surge.

Bob Corker voted against cloture on S470 and therefore supported the surge.

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. Bob Corker voted against withdrawing the troops within 90 days.

Bob Corker voted against withdrawing the troops within 90 days.

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. Bob Corker voted against the measure to require equal dwell time.

Bob Corker voted against the measure to require equal dwell time.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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