Vote number 2006-181 redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007
on Jun 22, 2006
regarding bill S.Amdt. 4442 to S. 2766 Kerry Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act
Results: Amendment failed, 13-86
Voting YEA on this amendment would establish a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Voting NAY would keep the current situation without a timetable. The amendment states:
- The President shall redeploy, commencing in 2006, US forces from Iraq by July 1, 2007, leaving only the minimal number of forces that are critical to completing the mission of standing up Iraqi security forces and conducting specialized counterterrorism operations.
- The President should maintain an over-the-horizon troop presence to prosecute the war on terror and protect regional security interests.
- Within 30 days, the administration shall submit to Congress a report that sets forth the strategy for the redeployment of US forces from Iraq by July 1, 2007.
Opponents of the Resolution say:
- This amendment would withdraw American forces from Iraq without regard to the real conditions on the ground.
- The consequences of an American retreat would be terrible for the security of the American people at home.
- Our commitment is not open-ended. It is conditional on the Iraqis moving toward self-government and self-defense.
Supporters of the Resolution say:
- Congress talks almost incessantly about the situation in Iraq as if on 9/11 the situation involved Iraq. Of course, it didn't. We were attacked by al-Qaida operating out of Afghanistan on 9/11.
- One of the theories we hear is that somehow staying in Iraq is necessary because all the terrorists will come into Iraq, and then they wouldn't be able to attack us anywhere else. Some call this the roach-motel theory. The fact is, al-Qaida is operating in 60 to 80 countries. Yet our resources are only heavily focused on this Iraq situation.
- In terms of differences from other Iraq amendments: This is binding, not just a sense of the Senate.
- Secondly, we have a date; other amendments are open-ended.
- Thirdly, this has an over-the-horizon force specifically to protect our security interests.
Voting YES counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan;
Voting NO counts for -2 points on VoteMatch question 17.
Voting YES counts as answer D on AmericansElect question 5;
When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
Voting NO counts as answer A on AmericansElect question 5
- A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
- B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
- C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
- D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
- E: Unsure
voting on 2006-181
||YES||VT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006)|
||NO||FL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.|