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Steve Pearce on War & Peace

Republican Representative (NM-2)


If Iraq falls, so will other moderate regimes in the region

Asked about the war in Iraq, Pearce invoked images that recalled the falling domino theory during the Vietnam war, in which he served, and said other Middle East leaders have told him that if Iraq falls, it could mean the downfall of other moderate regimes in the region and Israel and that will push oil prices to astronomical levels.

Udall said it's time to start working on a troop pullout and it's also necessary to ensure that medical and other benefits are in place for returning soldiers.

Source: 2008 New Mexico Senate debate report in N.M.Business Weekly Aug 22, 2008

Voted NO 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 NO 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 YES 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 YES 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

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    Bill Richardson-2008
    NM Senatorial:
    Heather Wilson
    Jeff Bingaman
    Pete Domenici
    Tom Udall


    2008 Senate retirements:

    Wayne Allard(R,CO)
    Larry Craig(R,ID)
    Pete Domenici(R,NM)
    Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
    Trent Lott(R,MS)
    Craig Thomas(R,WY)
    John Warner(R,VA)

    Incoming Obama Administration:

    Pres.Barack Obama
    V.P.Joe Biden
    State:Hillary Clinton
    HHS:Tom Daschle
    Staff:Rahm Emanuel
    DHS:Janet Napolitano
    DOC:Bill Richardson
    DoD:Robert Gates
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    Treas.:Tim Geithner
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    KS:Roberts
    KY:McConnell
    LA:Landrieu
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    ME:Collins
    MI:Levin
    MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
    MS4:Wicker
    MS6:Cochran
    MT:Baucus
    NC:*Hagan over Dole
    NE:*Johanns
    NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
    NJ:Lautenberg
    NM:*Udall
    OK:Inhofe
    OR:*Merkley over Smith
    RI:Reed
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