Iraq Study Group Recommendation Implementation Act of 2007
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The Iraq Study Group Recommendation Implementation Act of 2007 (S.1545) would implement the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group. It was introduced on June 5, 2007 in the Senate by Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) with eight bipartisan co-sponsors. The bill would effectively make the Iraq Study Group's 79 recommendations the policy of the United States. It would ask the Bush administration to work with military and diplomatic leaders to implement those recommendations. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in June 2007, where it has received no action.
This bill never became law. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which is where it currently remains.
The bill "embraces the recommendations in the Iraq Study Group Report issued by the bipartisan Baker Hamilton Commission." It is intended to create conditions that could allow for a reduction of American combat forces in Iraq by March 2008. Under S.1545, the U.S. military could maintain a long-term, but more limited, presence in Iraq. The focus would be on protecting American personnel and interests, training and advising Iraqi forces, and carrying out counter-terrorism and special operations missions."
The following members of the Senate cosponsored the bill:
- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
- Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah)
- Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.)
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
- Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)
- Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)
- Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
- Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.)
The bill did not have a specific date for a withdrawal from Iraq. Democrats urged for a terms to bring troops home. But many Rebublicans refused to support the bill that would include a specific time. Sen. John E. Sununu claimed that "I just don't think it makes sense to announce to your enemies what date you're going to begin withdrawing and what date you're going to complete withdrawing." <ref>  </ref>
Articles and resources
- ↑ Co-sponsors of S.1545, GovTrack.US, accessed July 6, 2007.
- ↑ The Iraq Study Group is also known as the Baker Hamilton Commission
- ↑ Staff, "GOP Congressman Joins Sen. Domenici in Breaking With White House on War," Editor &amp; Publisher, July 5, 2007.
- Congressional actions on the Iraq War
- Operation Iraqi Freedom: Year Five
- Stay the course
- Troop surge in Iraq
- Jim Fine, "The Iraq Study Group Recommendations Implementation Act of 2007: An Important Step Toward a New Direction for U.S. Policy in Iraq," Friends Committee on National Legislation, June 7, 2007 (updated June 14, 2007).
- "Progress Toward a Change in U.S./ Iraq Policy: Senate Votes on Iraq Expected in Early July," Friends Committee on National Legislation, July 3, 2007.
- mcjoan, "The Salazar Distraction," The Daily Kos, July 6, 2007.
- Phoenix Woman, "The Salazar Distraction," Firedoglake Blog, July 8, 2007.
- Shailagh Murray and Jonathan Weisman, "Democrats Seek GOP Support in Votes on Iraq War. Deadlines for Troop Withdrawals To Be Considered," Washington Post, July 10, 2007.