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07-SCR2 on Jan 17, 2007

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: opposing troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq
Source: Bipartisan Resolution on Iraq (S.CON.RES.2 )
Sponsor's introductory remarks: Sen. BIDEN: This bipartisan resolution opposes the President's plan to escalate the war in Iraq. This resolution says what we and many of our colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, are against: deepening America's military involvement in Iraq by escalating our troop presence. Just as important, it says what we and many of our colleagues are for: a strategy that can produce a political settlement in Iraq. That's the only way to stop Shiites and Sunnis from killing each other and allow our troops to leave Iraq without leaving chaos behind.
    Excertps from resolution:
  • Whereas the US strategy and presence on the ground in Iraq can only be sustained with the support of the American people and bipartisan support from Congress;
  • Whereas maximizing chances of success in Iraq should be our goal, and the best chance of success requires a change in current strategy;
  • Whereas the situation in Iraq is damaging the standing, influence, and interests of the US in Iraq, the Middle East, and around the world;
  • Whereas more than 3,000 US military personnel have already lost their lives in Iraq, and more than 22,500 have been wounded in Iraq;
  • Whereas on January 10, 2007, Pres. Bush announced his plan to deepen the US military involvement in Iraq by deploying approximately 21,000 additional US combat forces to Iraq;
  • Whereas an open-ended commitment of US forces in Iraq is unsustainable and a deterrent to the Iraqis making the political compromises that are needed for violence to end and for stability and security to be achieved in Iraq;
  • Resolved: That it is the sense of Congress that it is not in the national interest of the US to deepen its military involvement in Iraq, particularly by escalating the US military force presence in Iraq;
  • the United States should engage nations in the Middle East to develop a regional, internationally-sponsored peace and reconciliation process for Iraq.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Question 17: Stay out of Iran Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq (Score: 2)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 07-SCR2

Maria Cantwell s2oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s2oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Richard Durbin s2oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Frank Lautenberg s2oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Carl Levin s2oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Claire McCaskill s2oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Barbara Mikulski s2oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s2oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s2oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s2oRI Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s2oWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ken Salazar s2oCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 
Debbie Stabenow s2oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Ron Wyden s2oOR Democratic Sr Senator 

Republicans participating in 07-SCR2

Chuck Hagel s2oNE Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s2oME Republican Sr Senator 

Independents participating in 07-SCR2

Joe Biden s1iDE Vice President 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 16
Republicans: 2
Independents: 1

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