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Kendrick Meek on War & Peace

Democratic Representative (FL-17)


Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts

One way to pay for tax cuts would be moving toward more diplomatic solutions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Getting our combat troops out of Iraq is going to save this country money," Meek said. "I support making sure that they are secured and that they are safe and that we have force protection, but at the same time, we have to look at the affordability of what we are doing."

The last US combat brigade was pulled out of Iraq this month. Nearly 50,000 non-combat soldiers remain in Iraq.

Source: CNN "State of the Union" on 2010 Florida Senate debate Jul 22, 2010

Consistent advocate of drawdown in Iraq; focus on al-Qaeda

Kendrick Meek believes that we must honor the heroism and sacrifices of our service members. Thanks to their bravery, we have begun the drawdown in Iraq that Kendrick has consistently advocated, and we are beginning a new strategy in Afghanistan with the support of allies we too long neglected. Kendrick's repeated trips to combat zones have strengthened his belief that reconciliation and security in Iraq and Afghanistan can only be brought about politically.

Kendrick was among the first to speak out against the Bush Administration's decision to shift attention and resources from al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. That diversion caused us to lose ground in Afghanistan.

The renewed focus on the real threat to international security will require an international response and American leadership. As a member of the NATO Parliamentarian Assembly, Kendrick will help ensure that we work with our allies to finish the job our military started in 2001.

Source: Campaign website, kendrickmeek.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Supporter of US aid to Israel, both in peace & conflict

Kendrick Meek is a strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish community. Kendrick has visited the nation twice and is a consistent supporter of U.S. aid to Israel, both in times of peace and conflict. He also believes that the world must recognize Israel's right to exist and its need for secure borders. He also believes that peace will never come to the Middle East until Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza disarm and agree to a two-state solution.
Source: Campaign website, kendrickmeek.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq.

OnTheIssues.org Explanation:This vote is on referring the impeachment resolution to a Congressional Committee to decide further action (not on impeachment itself).Congressional Summary:Resolved, That President George W. Bush b Fourth Amendment
  • Article XXVI--Announcing the Intent To Violate Laws With Signing Statements, and Violating Those LawsProponents' arguments for voting YEA:Rep. Kucinich: Now is the time for this Congress to examine the actions that
    Reference: The Kucinich Privilege Resolution; Bill H.RES.1258 ; vote number 2008-401 on Jun 11, 2008

    Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days.

    To provide for the redeployment of US Armed Forces and defense contractors from Iraq. Requires within 90 days to commence the redeployment; and to complete such redeployment within 180 days after its commencement. Prohibits the use of DOD funds to increase the number of US forces serving in Iraq in excess of the number serving in Iraq as of January 1, 2007, unless specifically authorized by Congress. Authorizes retaining in Iraq US forces for providing security for diplomatic missions; for targeting al-Qaeda; and for training Iraqi Security Forces. Requires the President to transfer to the government of Iraq all interest held by the US in any military facility in Iraq.

    Proponents support voting YES because:

    This war is a terrible tragedy, and it is time to bring it to an end. This is a straightforward bill to redeploy our military forces from Iraq and to end the war in Iraq. This bill does not walk away from the Iraqi people. It specifically continues diplomatic, social, economic, and reconstruction aid. Finally, this bill leaves all the decisions on the locations outside of Iraq to which our troops will be redeployed wholly in the hands of our military commanders.

    Opponents support voting NO because:

    This legislation embraces surrender and defeat. This legislation undermines our troops and the authority of the President as commander in chief. Opponents express concern about the effects of an ill-conceived military withdrawal, and about any legislation that places military decisions in the hands of politicians rather than the military commanders in the field. The enemy we face in Iraq view this bill as a sign of weakness. Now is not the time to signal retreat and surrender. It is absolutely essential that America, the last remaining superpower on earth, continue to be a voice for peace and a beacon for freedom in our shrinking world.

    Reference: Out of Iraq Caucus bill; Bill H R 2237 ; vote number 2007-330 on May 10, 2007

    Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date.

    Reference: Resolution on Prevailing in the Global War on Terror; Bill HRES 861 ; vote number 2006-288 on Jun 12, 2006

    Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops.

    States that the House of Representatives:
    1. affirms that the United States and the world have been made safer with the removal of Saddam Hussein and his regime from power in Iraq;
    2. commends the Iraqi people for their courage in the face of unspeakable oppression and brutality inflicted on them by Saddam Hussein's regime;
    3. commends the Iraqi people on the adoption of Iraq's interim constitution; and
    4. commends the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Coalition forces for liberating Iraq and expresses its gratitude for their valiant service.
    Reference: War in Iraq Anniversary resolution; Bill H Res 557 ; vote number 2004-64 on Mar 17, 2004

    Supports timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    Meek supports the F2A survey question on cap-and-trade

    Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Set a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan '

    Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q17 on Sep 19, 2010

    Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program.

    Meek signed Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act

      Expresses the sense of Congress that:
    1. diplomatic efforts to address Iran's illicit nuclear efforts, unconventional and ballistic missile development programs, and support for international terrorism are more likely to be effective if the President is empowered with explicit authority to impose additional sanctions on the government of Iran;
    2. US concerns regarding Iran are strictly the result of that government's actions; and
    3. the people of the United States have feelings of friendship for the people of Iran and regret that developments in recent decades have created impediments to that friendship.
      States that it should be US policy to:
    1. support international diplomatic efforts to end Iran's uranium enrichment program and its nuclear weapons program;
    2. encourage foreign governments to direct state-owned and private entities to cease all investment in, and support of, Iran's energy sector and all exports of refined petroleum products to Iran;
    3. impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran and any other Iranian financial institution engaged in proliferation activities or support of terrorist groups; and
    4. work with allies to protect the international financial system from deceptive and illicit practices by Iranian financial institutions involved in proliferation activities or support of terrorist groups.
    Source: S.908&HR.2194 2009-S908 on Apr 30, 2009

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    Rick Scott
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    Bill Nelson
    Marco Rubio

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