What: All Issues : War & Peace : A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) requiring that the president submit an unclassified report to Congress on the strategy of the United States regarding stabilization and rebuilding in Iraq, an estimate on the number of U.S. troops that will be serving in Iraq as of Dec. 31, 2005, within 30 days of the bill's enactment. (2004 senate Roll Call 138)
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A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) requiring that the president submit an unclassified report to Congress on the strategy of the United States regarding stabilization and rebuilding in Iraq, an estimate on the number of U.S. troops that will be serving in Iraq as of Dec. 31, 2005, within 30 days of the bill's enactment.
senate Roll Call 138     Jun 23, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This amendment offered by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and backed by progressives would require reports on the efforts of the president to stabilize Iraq and relieve the burden on members of the Armed Forces of the United States deployed in Iraq and the Persian Gulf region. Specifically, this amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Authorization Act (S. 2400) would require that no later than 30 days after the bill's enactment the president submit an unclassified (public) report to Congress on the strategy of the United States regarding stabilization and rebuilding in Iraq, an estimate on the number of U.S. troops that will be serving in Iraq as of Dec. 31, 2005, and the percentage of such forces that will be members of the National Guard and Army Reserves. It failed 48-50. Kennedy said his amendment would impart accountability to the Bush administration to tell the American people whether or when the administration's policy will bring more international troops, police, and resources to Iraq. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), speaking for conservatives, called the Kennedy troop estimate requirement "entirely too burdensome. We cannot predict troop levels five years in advance. No one is that good. Political developments in Iraq will drive security estimates so we cannot determine now what our needs are going to be years in advance," McConnell said. Conservatives further claimed Kennedy's 30-day requirement would not give the Department of Defense enough time to find and assign the right staff for such a report, much less complete one.

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