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HR 5015 and S3197 both read as follows:

H.R.5015 -- To require a plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.

Introduced in House - IH)

HR 5015 IH


2d Session

H. R. 5015

To require a plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.


April 14, 2010

Mr. MCGOVERN (for himself, Mr. JONES, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. JOHNSON of Illinois, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. LUJAN, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. NADLER of New York, Mr. SCHRADER, and Ms. HARMAN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To require a plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Military operations in Afghanistan have cost American taxpayers more than $200,000,000,000 in deficit spending since 2001.

(2) Particularly given current record deficits, high unemployment, and proposed reductions in domestic spending, the United States should ensure future war expenditures in Afghanistan do not add to the deficit and ensure that resources are not squandered on waste, fraud, abuse, or corruption in Afghanistan.

(3) United States military and nonmilitary operations in Afghanistan, including those conducted by contractors, must be subject to the highest standards of transparency and accountability, and subject to the review of appropriate inspectors general.

(4) According to the most recent Army Mental Health Advisory Team Assessment, one in five soldiers surveyed in Afghanistan reports having psychological problems.

(5) The United States needs a comprehensive strategy to counter the global threat posed by al Qaeda and its affiliates in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, North Africa, and elsewhere around the world.

(6) A massive, open-ended United States military presence in Afghanistan is unlikely to advance, and may undermine, United States efforts to eliminate the safe haven for al Qaeda in Pakistan and combat al Qaeda globally.

(7) Rather than engaging in a nation-building effort in Afghanistan, the United States should begin reducing troop levels in Afghanistan and transition to a sustainable counterterrorism policy.

(8) President Obama announced on December 1, 2009, that United States troops would begin to be withdrawn from Afghanistan in July 2011.

(9) The United States remains committed to providing long-term economic, diplomatic, and political support to the people of Afghanistan, and to supporting the emergence of a legitimate, effective government in Afghanistan.

(10) The United States will continue to provide economic, development, and political support for women's rights, education, and leadership in Afghanistan.

(11) The August 20, 2009, presidential election in Afghanistan was characterized by widespread fraud, and there are credible reports of widespread corruption.

(12) The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, has acknowledged that the greatest threat in Afghanistan today is the `lack of legitimacy in the government--at all levels' and that the United States Armed Forces cannot solve the legitimacy problem.

(13) General McChrystal has acknowledged that United States partnerships with `polarizing and predatory' powerbrokers, including in the Afghan National Security Forces, compromise the ability of the United States to address the lack of legitimacy in the Afghanistan Government.


(a) Plan With Timetable Required- Not later than January 1, 2011, or 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, whichever is earlier, the President shall submit to Congress a plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan, including military and security-related contractors, together with a timetable for the completion of that redeployment and information regarding variables that could alter that timetable.

(b) Status Updates- Not later than 90 days after the date of the submittal of the plan required by subsection (a), and every 90 days thereafter, the President shall submit to the Congress a report setting forth the current status of the plan for redeploying United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.

(c) Recommendations on Contractor Oversight-

(1) RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRED- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction shall, in consultation with the Inspector General of the Department of Defense and the Inspector General of the Department of State--

(A) issue recommendations on measures to increase oversight of contractors engaged in activities relating to Afghanistan that have a record of engaging in waste, fraud, or abuse; and

(B) report on the status of efforts of the Department of Defense and the Department of State to implement existing recommendations regarding oversight of such contractors.

(2) ELEMENTS OF RECOMMENDATIONS- The recommendations issued under paragraph (1)(A) shall include recommendations for reducing the reliance of the United States on security contractors or subcontractors responsible for the deaths of Afghan civilians and on Afghan militias, contractors, subcontractors, or other armed groups that are not part of the Afghan National Security Forces.

The following House members are co-sponsors:

COSPONSORS(104), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)

Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 4/14/2010
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 4/27/2010
Rep Berry, Marion [AR-1] - 4/29/2010
Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 5/6/2010
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 5/11/2010
Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 5/6/2010
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 4/14/2010
Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] - 5/6/2010
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 4/29/2010
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 5/6/2010
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 7/26/2010
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] - 4/14/2010
Rep Costello, Jerry F. [IL-12] - 4/21/2010
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 6/17/2010
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 4/29/2010
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 4/15/2010
Rep Delahunt, Bill [MA-10] - 4/15/2010
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 4/15/2010
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] - 4/29/2010
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 4/29/2010
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] - 5/18/2010
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 4/15/2010
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 5/6/2010
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 4/20/2010
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 4/22/2010
Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] - 5/6/2010
Rep Garamendi, John [CA-10] - 7/1/2010
Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8] - 4/21/2010
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 4/20/2010
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 5/6/2010
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 5/6/2010
Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] - 4/14/2010
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 4/29/2010
Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 4/15/2010
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 4/22/2010
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 4/20/2010
Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 4/29/2010
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 4/29/2010
Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 5/12/2010
Rep Johnson, Timothy V. [IL-15] - 4/14/2010
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 4/14/2010
Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] - 4/29/2010
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 4/29/2010
Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 4/29/2010
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 7/30/2010
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 4/29/2010
Rep Kilroy, Mary Jo [OH-15] - 5/19/2010
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 4/14/2010
Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 7/1/2010
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 4/14/2010
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 4/29/2010
Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 5/13/2010
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 6/22/2010
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] - 4/14/2010
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-25] - 4/29/2010
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 4/29/2010
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 6/8/2010
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] - 4/29/2010
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 5/13/2010
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 4/29/2010
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 4/20/2010
Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 5/25/2010
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 4/20/2010
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 4/15/2010
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 4/14/2010
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] - 4/28/2010
Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-2] - 6/17/2010
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 4/29/2010
Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] - 4/20/2010
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 4/27/2010
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 4/26/2010
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] - 5/4/2010
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 4/29/2010
Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] - 5/6/2010
Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] - 4/14/2010
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 5/6/2010
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 5/20/2010
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] - 5/6/2010
Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] - 4/29/2010
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 4/26/2010
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 5/6/2010
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] - 7/20/2010
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] - 5/20/2010
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 4/26/2010
Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5] - 4/14/2010
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 4/15/2010
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] - 4/14/2010
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] - 5/6/2010
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 4/29/2010
Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] - 7/29/2010
Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] - 4/29/2010
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 5/18/2010
Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-21] - 5/28/2010
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 5/6/2010
Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-5] - 6/23/2010
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 5/6/2010
Rep Visclosky, Peter J. [IN-1] - 4/22/2010
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] - 4/29/2010
Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 5/6/2010
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 4/29/2010
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] - 5/6/2010
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 4/15/2010
Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] - 5/20/2010
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 4/15/2010
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] - 4/29/2010

Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] - 5/6/2010(withdrawn - 5/18/2010)

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The following Senators are cosponsors:

Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] - 4/14/2010
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] - 5/25/2010
Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] - 6/7/2010

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