Mark Udall on War & Peace

Democratic Representative (CO-2)

Proposed votes against the declaration of war

SCHAFFER: [Since I left Congress in 2002], under Republican leadership, deficits grew, and I think it has mainly been a function of war.

UDALL: Thatís a great narrative, but go back to 2002. You cast votes for a war.

SCHAFFER: You proposed votes against the declaration of war.

UDALL: You cast votes against an energy policy set of proposals that would have us much closer to being energy independent today.

SCHAFFER: I cast votes in favor of an energy policy.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate on Meet the Press Sep 28, 2008

Surge has helped, but itís time to leave Iraq

Q: A year ago you said that the surge was a tragic mistake. Were you wrong?

UDALL: Itís time to leave Iraq. Itís time to leave Iraq responsibly.

Q: Were you wrong on the surge?

UDALL: The surge has helped. There are other factors in Iraq that have been helpful. The Al Anbar Awakening, Muqtada al-Sadrís call for a cease-fire. Thereís ethnic cleansing to a great extent now that you donít hear that story. Sunni and Shia do not live together anymore in places like Baghdad. But whatever the situation was then, itís now time to leave Iraq in an honorable & responsible way. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I know how stretched our military is. I also know we havenít finished the job in Afghanistan and in Pakistan. Bin Laden is still at large. I also know we have no capacity to defend our own country or to respond to any other emergencies all over the world. Itís time to turn Iraq back over to the Iraqis and refocus on a tough and a smart national security policy.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate on Meet the Press Sep 28, 2008

Decision to authorize war must include resources to succeed

Q: Under what circumstances would you vote to authorize the president to take military action?

A: One of the most solemn decisions Congress has the constitutional responsibility to make is whether to authorize the President to send our servicemen and women to war. I believe that the decision to do so should be made only with the utmost certainty that military action is necessary and the most effective way to preserve our security. I voted against authorizing war in Iraq [because] I did not believe th President had exhausted other alternatives -like coercive inspections- to prevent Iraq from using WMD, and I feared that invading Iraq would take our focus and resources away from Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda, and the war against Islamic terrorism. The decision about whether or not to authorize military action does not stop at whether or not we can win the initial engagement, it includes whether we will be more secure in the end, and whether we have the resources to succeed.

Source: Citizens for Global Solutions: 2008 Senate questionnaire Sep 9, 2008

Support UN acion in Darfur; divest US from Sudan

Q: Will you support and actively work to fully fund the US contribution to UN Peace Operations in hot spots like Darfur?

A: Yes. I believe that the US has a responsibility to contribute to international peace operations throughout the world. In regard to Darfur, the violence in the region is unacceptable and I have supported legislation that will help raise awareness about the atrocities taking place in the area. I have also personally divested from any company engaged in business with Sudan

Source: Citizens for Global Solutions: 2008 Senate questionnaire Sep 9, 2008

Our soldiers performed magnificently; now bring them home

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq: Like so many Americans, I believe our soldiers in Iraq have performed magnificently. They have endured brutal conditions. They have met every challenge. And they have displayed an unbreakable spirit, marked by courage, skill, and quiet resolve. We have asked them to do so much. Itís time to bring them home.
Source: Campaign website, www.markudall.com, ďIssuesĒ Mar 2, 2008

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 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 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 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

    Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq.

    Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq: Passage of the joint resolution that would authorize President Bush to use the US military as he deems necessary and appropriate to defend U.S. national security against Iraq and enforce UN Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq. It would be required that the president report to Congress, no later than 48 hours after using force, his determination that diplomatic options or other peaceful means would not guarantee US national security against Iraq or allow enforcement of UN resolutions and that using force is consistent with anti-terrorism efforts. The resolution would also give specific statutory authorization under the War Powers Resolution. Every 60 days the president would also be required to report to Congress on actions related to the resolution.
    Reference: Bill sponsored by Hastert,R-IL; Bill HJRes114 ; vote number 2002-455 on Oct 10, 2002

    Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo.

    Vote on an amendment to the "Kosovo and Southwest Asia Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act" which would prohibit the use of funds for any invasion of Yugoslavia with U.S. ground forces except in time of war.
    Reference: Amendment introduced by Istook, R-OK; Bill HR 1664 ; vote number 1999-119 on May 6, 1999

    Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism.

    Udall co-sponsored the Resolution on bigotry against Sikh Americans:

    Title: Condemning bigotry and violence against Sikh Americans in the wake of terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.

    Summary: Declares that, in the quest to identify, locate, and bring to justice the perpetrators and sponsors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the civil rights and liberties of all Americans, including Sikh-Americans, should be protected.

    Source: House Resolution Sponsorship 01-HR255 on Oct 4, 2001

    Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program.

    Udall 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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