What: All Issues : War & Peace : War with Iraq : H.R. 1815. Defense/Vote on Amendment to Express Sense of Congress that the President Ought to Develop a Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Iraq. (2005 house Roll Call 220)
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H.R. 1815. Defense/Vote on Amendment to Express Sense of Congress that the President Ought to Develop a Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Iraq.
house Roll Call 220     May 25, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered to H.R. 1815 by Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) to express the sense of the Congress that the President ought to develop a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and that he ought to submit that plan to the appropriate congressional committees. H.R. 1815 was a bill to authorize military activities of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Many Democrats, including Progressives, argued that in the two years since the war in Iraq began, too many people had been killed or wounded and too much money had been spent, and that a plan for U.S. withdrawal was long overdue. "In just over 2 years of war, more than 1,600 American soldiers and an estimated 25,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed. The number of American wounded, according to the Pentagon, is greater than 12,000, and that does not even count the invisible mental wounds they are bringing home, afflicting tens of thousands of our soldiers. And, of course, with more than $200 billion on the line, do the Members not think that the American people deserve to know what the President plans to do in Iraq?" (Woolsey.) Woolsey added that "[w]e can truly support our troops by bringing them home." Opponents of the amendment, who included Republicans and numerous Democrats, stated that passage of the amendment would signal to terrorist leaders that "the United States does not have the stomach to continue to oppose them" and that "the resolve of the American people is fading away." (Duncan Hunter (R-CA).) They insisted that the amendment would endanger U.S. national security and the troops abroad. The House overwhelmingly defeated this amendment by a vote of 128 to 300, with 79 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans against it. Thus, Congress did not express a desire for the President to submit a plan for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

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