A little more than four years ago (2 October 2002, US Representative D. Hastert and 139 co-sponsores introduced House Joint Resolution 114, “To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq,” to the 107th US Congress. Many US Representatives and Senators voted in support of the resolution, and it was passed a few days later and subsequently signed by President G. W. Bush, becoming US Public Law No. 107-243.
In light of the growing opposition to Mr. Bush’s recommendation that the US send additional troops to Iraq, I thought it would be interesting to re-examine who among the Senate voted against the original resolution, so I did a little sleuthing. Here’s what I found.
I’ve linked each senator’s name to her or his Web site on the US Senate site so one can examine what they’re saying these days; those names that are not linked are no longer members of the Senate. There were representatives who voted agains the resolution, too; because that body is larger, the number is greater and too lengthy to list here.
I got the roll call votes from the Senate records. One can obtain a PDF copy of PL 107-243 here. Thanks to the mostly open government of the US, one can learn about a lot about the resolution by examining the records of these actions. Here is the record of H.J.Res 114. Here a news story about the voting from the Washington (DC, US) Post.