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The Dodd Bill
Presidential Hopeful Proposes Cap on Troop Levels
01/17/2007 7:00 PM ET
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today announced legislation which would limit the President’s authority to escalate U.S. military involvement in Iraq absent a new Congressional authorization to do so. Specifically, the bill would prohibit U.S. combat forces being increased beyond current levels without advance approval by Congress.

In his press conference this afternoon, Sen. Dodd stated that the authority given by Congress in 2002 to intervene in Iraq never contemplated that U.S. troops would end up engaged in a civil war, and the President must now come back to Congress to seek authorization for this new and ill-conceived mission. Sen. Dodd’s bill would also cap the number of troops at the level of troops present on January 16, 2007.

As Dodd said, “I do not believe that the authorization provided by the Congress in 2002 gives the President the unlimited authority to send additional troops to Iraq for a mission which is totally different than the one the President himself articulated in March 2002 shortly after committing US forces to Iraq.

“Leadership demands that I and others who think the President is on the wrong track not simply stand up and say so, but act to stop it from occurring by enacting legislation to require that Congress specifically authorize any augmentation of US forces in Iraq.”

Senator Dodd will offer his bill as an amendment to whatever resolution the Senate is expected to take up in the coming weeks.

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