What: All Issues : War & Peace : A vote on a Republican amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) that would require the president to submit a public report to Congress on the strategy of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq regarding stabilization and rebuilding - no later than 120 days after the Defense authorization bill's enactment. (2004 senate Roll Call 137)
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A vote on a Republican amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) that would require the president to submit a public report to Congress on the strategy of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq regarding stabilization and rebuilding - no later than 120 days after the Defense authorization bill's enactment.
senate Roll Call 137     Jun 23, 2004
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered this amendment as an alternative to a proposal by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) that would require the president to submit a public report to Congress on the strategy of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq regarding stabilization and rebuilding - no later than 120 days after the Defense authorization bill's enactment. The McConnell measure was approved 71-27, with progressives objecting on the grounds that Kennedy's amendment would have held the Bush administration to greater account, and within a shorter timeframe. Kennedy's proposal posited a 30-day window for such a report, a timeline which conservatives said was "not feasible." Speaking for conservatives, McConnell labeled Kennedy's amendment as "little more than an effort to undermine the president and further the myth that our efforts to bring stability and democracy to Iraq are somehow unilateralist." Kennedy said of his own amendment, "It helps establish some benchmark for which we can measure the kind of progress we are making in terms of help and assistance from other countries around the world -- not only in terms of getting support for troops and financial support but also help in assisting and getting information to the American people with regard to the development of police forces and the training of those forces." Unlike McConnell's plan, Kennedy's amendment also asks for the White House to provide estimates of the number of American troops that are going to remain in Iraq. Said Kennedy, "It is amazing that the senator from Kentucky will not even include an estimate about the number of American troops that are going to be there. Not even an estimate." Approval of McConnell's amendment means the administration would have three months under the Senate bill to submit to Congress a report for its strategy of reducing the burden on American troops in Iraq, but would not have to provide any estimates as to the number of U.S. troops that will remain engaged there.

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