This resolution was approved on Friday, February 16, 2007 by a vote of 246 to 182. Seventeen Republicans supported the non-binding resolution. Not since the Vietnam War, with the War Powers Act, has a house of Congress successfully received a majority vote that challenged the president’s conduct of war. I do believe this is a historic event and will be considered a significant document of the Iraq War.
Resolved by the House of Representatives that —
(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and
(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on Jan. 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.
These are the names of the seventeen Republicans members of Congress–sixteen of whom are heroic–that voted against the escalation of the conflict:
Michael Castle, Delaware
Howard Coble, North Carolina
Tom Davis, Virginia
John ‘Jimmy’ Duncan, Tennessee
Philip English, Pennsylvania
Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland
Bob Inglis, South Carolina
Tim Johnson, Illinois–a graduate of West Point and an honourable person.
Walter Jones Jr., North Carolina
Ric Keller, Florida
Mark Kirk, Illinois, a terrible Congressperson who disgraced himself for voting initially for this war crime in Iraq: a prowar, pro-preemption, arrogant imperialist but I will take his vote even if it were cast not out of principle but out of fear of losing his coveted North Shore seat. While legal, I condemn members of the military serving in Congress. Mr Kirk is in the Naval Reserves (1989-present) and while not on active duty, it is a clear and present danger to the civilian control of the military to have reservists sitting in Congress.
Steven LaTourette, Ohio
Ron Paul, Texas
Thomas Petri, Wisconsin
Jim Ramstad, Minnesota
Fred Upton, Michigan
James Walsh, New York
This website is a compilation of actions by Congress to stop the war in Iraq.