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Reps Price-Miller HJ Res 70 on Withdrawal from Iraq / 10-25-05

Requiring the President to submit to Congress a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq, and for other purposes. (Introduced in House)

HJ 70 IH

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 70
Requiring the President to submit to Congress a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 25, 2005
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina (for himself and Mr. MILLER of North Carolina) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations


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JOINT RESOLUTION
Requiring the President to submit to Congress a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq, and for other purposes.


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) United States Armed Forces initiated combat operations against the military of the Saddam Hussein regime on March 19, 2003, and concluded those operations in April 2004 with the defeat of the Iraqi military and the collapse of the Hussein regime.

(2) United States Armed Forces personnel have remained in Iraq since the beginning of combat operations, and now number approximately 148,000.

(3) United States Armed Forces personnel have served with great distinction and valor in Iraq, and have earned the commendation and thanks of the United States Congress and the American people.

(4) An interim government of Iraq assumed sovereignty at the end of June 2004, and conducted an election on January 30, 2005, for a transitional National Assembly to draft a permanent constitution for Iraq.

(5) The Iraqi people ratified the permanent constitution by a referendum conducted on October 15, 2005, and parliamentary elections under that constitution are now scheduled for December 15, 2005.

(6) The President has failed to state clearly the mission of the United States Armed Forces in Iraq or to set forth a specific plan or a time frame for accomplishing that mission.

(7) That failure has contributed to a belief among Iraqis that the United States intends to occupy Iraq on a long term basis, which has fueled an insurgency with escalating violence.

(8) The ratification of the Iraqi constitution and the scheduled parliamentary elections are critical steps in establishing a functional, stable government in Iraq, and present an opportunity for the United States to establish a plan to withdraw United States Armed Forces from Iraq that would support the legitimacy of the Iraqi Government and the assumption of responsibility by Iraqi forces for security and public safety.

SEC. 2. STATEMENT OF POLICY.

Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States--

(1) to begin withdrawing United States Armed Forces from Iraq;

(2) to recognize the elected Government of Iraq as the legitimate government of a fully sovereign country with control over its natural resources, security, and public safety within its borders;

(3) to accelerate the training of Iraqi forces able to provide for the security of Iraq, and to urge the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, other international organizations, and other countries to participate in that training;

(4) to complete the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces personnel occupying Iraq in an orderly manner, relinquishing to the Government of Iraq full responsibility for maintaining security and public safety;

(5) to transfer to Iraqi security forces all bases now used by United States Armed Forces, and to maintain no permanent bases or other long term United States military presence in Iraq;

(6) to support reconstruction efforts by the Government of Iraq and to help involve the international community in those and other stabilization efforts;

(7) to provide diplomatic and political support to the Government of Iraq to achieve stability and an enduring democracy; and

(8) to prosecute without quarter a war on terrorist organizations and networks around the world.

SEC. 3. REQUIREMENTS TO IMPLEMENT POLICY.

Not later than 30 days after agreement on this Joint Resolution, the President shall submit to Congress a report on the President's plan to implement the policy described in section 2. The report shall describe--

(1) a plan for withdrawing United States Armed Forces from Iraq, including--

(A) a date for an initial withdrawal of forces;

(B) the expected time period for completing the withdrawal; and

(C) any circumstances deemed relevant to completing the withdrawal; and

(2) the remaining mission of United States Armed Forces in Iraq, including--

(A) the plan to achieve that mission; and

(B) an explanation of how that mission advances the timely withdrawal of United States Armed Forces.

 
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