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Joseph Hoeffel on War & Peace

Former Democratic Rep (PA-13); 2004 former Senate challenger


There was plenty of money for the troops in the pipeline

Q: How can you send troops into battle without proper equipment?

A: We were misled into the war on false pretenses and without a plan to win the peace. There was plenty of money for the troops in the pipeline. Had Congress voted a year ago to stop that appropriation and make Bush sit down with Congressional leaders and work out a more unilateral and sensible approach in Iraq, the situation would not be as bad as it is today.

Source: 2004 PA Senate debate, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Oct 3, 2004

Voted YES 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

Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism.

Hoeffel sponsored a Congressional Resolution expressing solidarity with Israel:

Source: House Resolution Sponsorship 02-HR392 on Apr 18, 2002

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