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S.308 - A bill to prohibit an escalation in United States military forces in Iraq without prior authorization by Congress.
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January 16, 2007
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
(1) On October 10, 2002, Congress adopted House Joint Resolution 114 (107th Congress), the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, at the request of the President.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Congress honors the valor and sacrifice of United States forces in Iraq and will always endeavor to ensure that there are sufficient resources made available to support them while they are there.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) On March 22, 2003, President George W. Bush stated in a radio address that the objective of Operation Iraqi Freedom was `to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people'.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) On February 22, 2006, insurgents attacked the Askariya Shrine in Samarra, Iraq, an event that ignited a wave of sectarian violence that has escalated over the ensuing months and resulted in the deaths of more than 16,000 Iraqis during 2006.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) Efforts by Iraqi and United States forces in the summer and autumn of 2006, Operation Together Forward and Operation Together Forward II, have failed to halt sectarian conflict in the Baghdad area of Iraq.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) On October 5, 2006, Senator John Warner, a coauthor of House Joint Resolution 114 (107th Congress), stated that `the resolution (H.J. Res. 114) in my judgment was drawn up at a time when none of us, from the President on down, could ever envision the seriousness of this situation now, in terms of sectarian violence, and--and I underline--just the possibility of a civil war.'. He further stated that `therefore it seems to me Congress should focus on a dramatic change if our troops are to be employed in that type of combat. We would have to go back and focus on what we have done and determine whether or not we have to do anything further to support the President'.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(12) On December 6, 2006, the Iraq Study Group made 79 recommendations to address the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Among the most important of the recommendations is a call for `new and enhanced diplomatic and political efforts in Iraq and the region, and a change in the primary mission of U.S. forces in Iraq that will enable the United States to begin to move its combat forces out of Iraq responsibly'.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON ESCALATION OF UNITED STATES MILITARY FORCES IN IRAQ WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION BY CONGRESS.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the levels of United States military forces in Iraq may not exceed the levels of such forces in Iraq as of January 16, 2007, without specific authority in statute enacted by Congress after the date of the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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