July 15th, 2007
11:53 AM ET
4 years ago

Senators hope Iraq amendment gets traction

(CNN)–Two leading Republican senators addressed their proposal on Sunday, to start a change in course of the war in Iraq.

On ABC's "This Week," Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Sen. John Warner, R.-Va., discussed an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that they are sponsoring. It would mandate the administration immediately initiate planning for post-September contingencies in Iraq, including a drawdown or redeployment of forces.

"I'm hopeful that, in fact, most Democrats will support our amendment, just as a matter of common sense," said Lugar.

This week, Reid spokesman Jim Manley said Democrats prefer a binding approach - a timeline to end the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

"I think that Senator Reid's thoughts are in error, and to this extent, that we really don't have the power, in Congress, right now, to bind the president to specific dates or specific policies, except in the extreme case that, in an appropriation bill, we would cut off the money for our troops in Iraq," said Lugar.

Lugar's co-sponsor on the legislation, Senator Warner, said he expected some change in strategy from the president. "Well of course, some modificaton to the strategy. But it's going to be taken in context of what his commanding officers recommend of him," Warner said. "He's the president. General Petraeus is not going to decide it," he said of General David Petraeus, the overall commander of U.S. military forces in Iraq. "Petraeus reports, the president decides. He is the commander in chief."

– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford


Filed under: Harry Reid • Iraq • President Bush • Senate
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  1. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    “I think that Senator Reid’s thoughts are in error, and to this extent, that we really don’t have the power, in Congress, right now, to bind the president to specific dates or specific policies, except in the extreme case that, in an appropriation bill, we would cut off the money for our troops in Iraq,” said Lugar.

    BS Statement of the day.

    Maybe if he had bothered to read a little document called the US constitution (ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 – The Congress shall have Power:To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; ) he would realize that the Congress (a branch equal to the executive branch, though he probably doesn't realize it) has the power to fund war activities or to CUT THEM OFF.

    This whole bulls*** about not needing to "bind the president to specific dates" is exactly the same approach that congress has been taking up to now. WTH do they think Bush is suddenly going to change??? When the report comes back in September, he will just spin it in a positive light and ask for us to be patient because its hard work and the surge has just began. This is all Kabuki theater, the Republicans who want to distance themselves from the war make a big show of it in public, but then when it comes to actually EXERCISING THEIR POWER, they cower back into the shadows and mumble crap about "cutting off funds for the troops". What utter BS. If you "cut off money for the troops" they don't just keep fighting and run out of supplies and bullets, etc. THEY COME HOME.

    Can we please just abolish the Congress now? Lugar says that they don't have the power to limit King Bush (except in EXTREME CASES, though I wonder what would be an EXTREME case in light of the fact that we have been draining our treasury and breaking our army for 4+ years).

    July 15, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Repellicans are said to be planning a filibuster of the House-passed bill to mandate withdrawal from Iraq. If they do, show up on Tuesday 7-17-07 at 8:30 PM at Delaware and C Streets NE to tell them to shut up and let the will of the people come to a vote.

    July 15, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. jaf, la, ca

    Support the Iraqi People!

    Do not pull US troops out of Iraq!

    July 17, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |