What: All Issues : War & Peace : Intelligence Agencies' Oversight : H.R. 2417. Fiscal 2004 Intelligence Authorization/Vote to Investigate Whether the Bush Administration Failed to Provide Intelligence to U.N. Weapons Inspectors on the Whereabouts of Weapons of Mass Destruction In Order to Justify Military Action Against Iraq. (2003 house Roll Call 320)
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H.R. 2417. Fiscal 2004 Intelligence Authorization/Vote to Investigate Whether the Bush Administration Failed to Provide Intelligence to U.N. Weapons Inspectors on the Whereabouts of Weapons of Mass Destruction In Order to Justify Military Action Against Iraq.
house Roll Call 320     Jun 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In the months leading up to the Iraqi war, President Bush repeatedly pledged to work with U.N. weapons inspectors by sharing U.S. intelligence regarding the location of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. The President even cited military intelligence that he said proved the existence of Iraq's weapons program in his State of the Union Address. To date, no weapons of mass destruction have been unearthed in Iraq. Consequently, serious allegations have arisen that the U.S. knew the location of weapons but did not inform the U.N. inspectors or, worse, that the Bush Administration knew it had faulty intelligence all along. During debate on a bill to authorize funding for the CIA and other intelligence agencies, Congresswoman Lee (D-CA) introduced an amendment which would have sanctioned a study into how much intelligence was shared between the Pentagon and U.N. inspectors in the months leading up to war. Progressives supported Lee's amendment as a way to determine if in fact the administration cooperated with U.N. weapons inspectors as President Bush had promised, or whether intelligence was withheld or falsified in order to augment the administration's case for war. Sixteen Democrats voted with the Republicans and the Lee amendment was defeated 185-239.

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