Archive for Friday, January 26, 2007

Kansas Senate considers opposition to increasing troops in Iraq

State Sen. Donald Betts filed the resolution

January 26, 2007


— Opposition to President Bush's troop increase in Iraq surfaced in the Kansas Statehouse on Friday.

State Sen. Donald Betts, D-Wichita, filed a resolution that would put Kansas lawmakers on record of being opposed to Bush's call for 21,500 more troops in Iraq.

At a minimum, the resolution states, Bush should seek approval from Congress before sending more troops, and that Congress should prohibit the president from spending taxpayer dollars on an escalation in Iraq without his first seeking congressional approval.

"We are sending 18- and 19-year-olds, at the start of their lives, to Iraq, and they are not coming home," Betts said. The war has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. soldiers with more than 22,000 wounded.

Bush has said an increase in troop strength is needed to quell violence in the war zone.

But Betts said most Americans and military experts oppose the troop buildup.

If adopted, the resolution would have no legal authority to force Bush or Congress to do anything.

But Betts said it would give Bush, a Republican, "a clear message" of how people in a predominantly Republican state feel about the war.

State Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, said Betts' resolution was unnecessary because state lawmakers can't affect the war effort.

"These are serious issues but clearly they are not state issues," Schmidt said.

The measure -- Senate Concurrent Resolution 1605 -- will likely be referred to a committee next week.

In the U.S. Senate, the Foreign Relations Committee adopted a nonbinding resolution saying the troop increase in Iraq was "not in the national interest" of the United States.

But the Bush administration has stated it intends to proceed with its plan.


Slav 11 years, 2 months ago

They're considering opposition? And this is news how? Anything but active opposition is consideration, so this article strikes me as asinine.
Are there hidden cameras somewhere?

oldgoof 11 years, 2 months ago

why don't they vote on speaking French in Quebec too, while they have idle time.

BigDog 11 years, 2 months ago

Gosh ...... would hate to focus on issues that they have some power over alternative energy issues, health care, seniors or university classrooms ..... and if they have ran out of ideas this early maybe there should be an official state water or state wood that they could work on.

Slav 11 years, 2 months ago

um, I believe the state water is Aquafina.

BigDog 11 years, 2 months ago

Damn Slav ..... guess there is one less major item on their political agenda for the year.

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