Paul Hodes on War & Peace
Bush took our country off course in Iraq
I was answering to the people when I ran for Congress because the Bush administration was taking our country off course in Iraq. I was answering to the people when I voted repeatedly for accountability in Iraq and for a timeline for the withdrawal of
US Forces. I was answering to the people when I voted repeatedly for accountability in Iraq and for a timeline for the withdrawal of US Forces.
Source: Democracy For America 2010 endorsements
Aug 12, 2010
Withdraw our National Guard from Iraq immediately
The mess in Iraq is a result of failed leadership in the White House and in Congress. Now, the administration refuses to face up to its failures and focus on a responsible exit strategy and a plan for establishing stability in the region. Our troops
are caught in the midst of a sectarian civil war, where they are easy targets and their presence only inflames tensions. It is time for the Iraqis to take over Iraq, so we can focus on quelling problems in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
I support the following:
Source: Campaign website, www.hodesforcongress.com, “Issues”
Nov 7, 2006
- Make it clear that we will not occupy Iraq permanently.
- Withdraw our National Guard and Reserve troops immediately.
- Immediately focus our mission on training the Iraqi military and police.
- Require the Iraqis to
forge a political solution to the current crisis.
- Support that solution while redeploying the remainder of our troops.
- Bring other countries into a comprehensive and sustained peace process.
- Rebuild our military.
- Replace the leadership.
Keep US troops in Iraq but internationalize the effort
Q: Should the US withdraw its troops from Iraq?
A: No. We must start by rebuilding our alliances in order to internationalize the effort. We should begin that process by opening up the contracts beyond Haliburton.
We must accelerate the employment of Iraqis to rebuild their own country. This will provide Iraqis with greater economic opportunities to ensure that they are more deeply invested in the success of their country.
Source: 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2004
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 AmendmentArticle 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;
; 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
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program.
Hodes signed Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act
Expresses the sense of Congress that:
- 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;
- US concerns regarding Iran are strictly the result of that government's actions; and
- 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:
- support international diplomatic efforts to end Iran's uranium enrichment program and its nuclear weapons program;
- 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;
- impose sanctions
on the Central Bank of Iran and any other Iranian financial institution engaged in proliferation activities or support of terrorist groups; and
- 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
- Amends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to direct the President to impose sanctions if a person has made an investment of $20 million or more (or any combination of investments of at least $5 million which in the aggregate equals or exceeds $20 million in any 12-month period) that directly and significantly contributed to Iran's ability to develop its petroleum resources. (Under current law the sanction thresholds are $40 million, $10 million, and $40 million, respectively.)
- Establishes additional sanctions prohibiting specified foreign exchange, banking, and property transactions.
- Includes refined petroleum resources.
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