What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : H Con. Res. 63. Disapproving of President Bush's decision to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq/On agreeing to the resolution
 Who: All Members
[POW!]
 

To find out how your Members of Congress voted on this bill, use the form on the right.

H Con. Res. 63. Disapproving of President Bush's decision to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq/On agreeing to the resolution
house Roll Call 99     Feb 16, 2007
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Progressive

This was the final vote on a nonbinding measure criticizing President Bush's stated intention to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by more than 20,000. The resolution, put forth by the Democrats, expressed support for the troops currently serving in Iraq as well as those who have previously served there while also disapproving of Bush's plan to increase troop levels. House Republicans wanted to offer an alternative to the Democrats' resolution in the form of a binding measure that would have established benchmarks for improving the security situation in Iraq to be overseen by a bipartisan panel. The Democratic leadership said that since the majority of Americans oppose the troop surge, the House should reflect that clarity by simply offering one resolution opposing it. The question, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said, is a simple one: "Do you support the escalation of troops in Iraq?" The House Republican leadership argued that the language would have a demoralizing effect on the troops in combat while also emboldening enemies of the United States. Republicans also criticized the resolution as a likely first attempt to cut off funding for military personnel in the field, an accusation that Hoyer said was flatly untrue. In the end, 17 Republicans joined all but two Democrats in voting for the resolution, and the measure passed 246-182. Thus a resolution criticizing Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq by more than 20,000 passed the House with a clear majority, making clear that the House does not support Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. The Senate had plans to take up a similar measure the following day.

Issue Areas:

Find your Member of
Congress' votes

Select by Name