What: All Issues : War & Peace : War with Iraq : Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act, requiring a pullout of ground troops from Iraq by April 2008 (H.R. 2956)/On passage (2007 house Roll Call 624)
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Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act, requiring a pullout of ground troops from Iraq by April 2008 (H.R. 2956)/On passage
house Roll Call 624     Jul 12, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on final passage of a bill to require a pullout of combat troops from Iraq by April 2008.

Democrats justified the legislation on the grounds that it was past time for a timetable to bring the troops home, and that President Bush's strategy was clearly not working, creating only further strife in an already ware-torn country.

"We need a responsible redeployment. This legislation gives it to us. It states that the Secretary of Defense shall commence the reduction of the number of armed forces in that country beginning not later than 120 days after the date of enactment," said Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.). The measure would further require that troop levels be reduced to a limited presence defined in the bill by April 2008.

"The question before us, are we, as a country, any safer now than we were when we went into Iraq in March of 2003? What has it done for the security of our country?" Skelton continued.

Republicans called the plan defeatist, lacking in vision and without a strategy for success.

"This is an attempt once again to stampede a retreat from Iraq, and it is a gratuitous attempt to do this," said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). "There is no reason, only three-and-one-half weeks after the surge of troops has been put in place, to now race for the borders, to demand that the president start to wind up this operation and start to leave, especially when General Petraeus will be making recommendations to us on September 15."

Hunter and other Republicans disputed Democratic assertions that progress was not being made in the country and repeated President Bush's calls for patience. Democrats said they had been patient enough.

The bill passed by a vote of 223 to 201. Four Republicans joined all but ten Democrats in voting for the measure, and legislation to require a pullout of combat forces from Iraq by April 2008 received the House's approval. The measure faced uncertain prospects in the Senate, and President Bush promised to veto it regardless.

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