What: All Issues : War & Peace : War with Iraq : To provide for the redeployment and withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors from Iraq within 90 days of enactment (H.R. 2237)/On passage (2007 house Roll Call 330)
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To provide for the redeployment and withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors from Iraq within 90 days of enactment (H.R. 2237)/On passage
house Roll Call 330     May 10, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote was on legislation to begin redeploying and withdrawing U.S. armed forces and military contractors from Iraq within 90 days of enactment. The withdrawal would have had to be completed within 180 days of enactment, and the language would have prohibited the Defense Department from increasing the number of U.S. troops serving in Iraq beyond the number serving there as of Jan. 1, 2007 without a specific congressional authorization.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said the phones were ringing off the hook in her congressional office with constituents calling and demanding an end to the war.

"Sadly, the president is dealing with an Iraq that exists only in his imagination," Schakowsky said. "It is time for the president to understand that this House will not endorse a blank check for an endless war. Listen to the mothers of America on this Mother's Day weekend. They are saying, support our children in uniform by bringing them home."

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) responded that even if he were to assume that what critics of the war have said about President Bush lying to start a war in Iraq and that the war really was about oil were true, "we are there now." And to leave, Kingston said, would be disastrous. The "surge," he said, referring to U.S. troop increases in the spring, was working.

Despite "a very bleak picture," Kingston continued, "progress is being made."

"If you pass this legislation today, you wouldn't just erode that progress. You would sign a death sentence to people like this prime minister and his family. Now, I agree that the Republican Party probably lost the majority in the House because of the war as much as anything else, but for us that is just politics. It is a political death. For the people over there that we are helping, this is real death," Kingston added.

Democrats countered that the U.S. troop presence was only exacerbating the civil strife in Iraq.

Support for the timetable for withdrawal was strong among Democrats but it wasn't enough to pass the legislation. Two Republicans joined 169 Democrats in voting for the measure, and 59 Democrats opposed it. Thus, by a vote of 171 to 255, the House rejected a bill that would have required a complete pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq within 180 days of enactment.

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