What: All Issues : War & Peace : Intelligence Agencies' Oversight : H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Create an Independent Commission to Investigate the Role Played by U.S. Intelligence Officials in Developing and Using Erroneous Intelligence About Iraq's Weapons Program to Justify U.S. Military Action. (2003 senate Roll Call 284)
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H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Create an Independent Commission to Investigate the Role Played by U.S. Intelligence Officials in Developing and Using Erroneous Intelligence About Iraq's Weapons Program to Justify U.S. Military Action.
senate Roll Call 284     Jul 16, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, President Bush cited military intelligence which confirmed that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction. Not only has that intelligence been seriously discredited, but many suspect that high-ranking intelligence officials in the administration (such as CIA director George Tenet) knew the intelligence was faulty even before it was included in the President's speech. In an effort to discover the truth, Senator Corzine (D-NJ) proposed an amendment to the 2004 defense appropriations bill which would have created an independent, twelve person committee to investigate the administration's intelligence-gathering operation before the war. In the view of Progressives, purposely deceiving Congress and the public about Iraq's weapons program-a major justification for the Iraqi war-is no small matter and they supported Corzine's amendment for that reason. During debate on the measure, Senator Stevens (R-AK) motioned to table (kill) Corzine's amendment and the motion passed on a straight party-line vote of 51-45 which defeated Corzine's measure.

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