Stupak addresses House on Iraq Resolutions
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, addressed the United States House of Representatives on the proposed resolutions authorizing the
use of military action against Iraq, Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, 2002.
In his statement to the House, Stupak said, "Tomorrow (Thursday, Oct.
10) we will be voting on whether to commit our young men and women in the armed forces to a possible war with Iraq. It is extremely important for
everyone to understand the gravity of this vote and the legal, ethical, and moral grounds for such a grave commitment of U.S. lives and resources."
Stupak added, "To date, I have received nearly 900 communications opposed to the United States acting unilaterally against Iraq and approximately 16
communications in support of the President's position. As always, I urged the residents of Michigan's First Congressional district to contact me and
hundreds have. For this I am thankful."
After quoting President Bush's words to Congressional leaders concerning the
role of the Congressional debate in the Iraq issue, Stupak stated his own view
that war with another country should only be declared under these circumstances:
(a) if a nation directly attacks your country;
(b) if another nation is an accomplice in an attack on your
(c) if there is an immediate, imminent pending attack on your country; and,
(d) finally, if there is defiance of the international community.
"To rush headlong into war without world support under any one of these four
conditions violates every principle and ideal on which this great nation is founded and on which a free and democratic world can
exist," Stupak said.
Stupak added several reasons for his opposition to a first-strike invasion of
Iraq. He added he would vote for
the Spratt/Moran substitute resolution.
"This resolution reflects the American values in seeking a U.N. resolution
calling for 'beefed up' arms inspectors, backed by force, if necessary,"
Stupak explained. "This resolution also authorizes the use of our armed forces if the Iraqis
prevent the inspectors from doing their job and the United Nations Security Council decides to reply with military force. In this situation, the
resolution authorizes President Bush to use the United States military, as his father did in the Persian Gulf War, in a military action sanctioned by
the Security Council.
"It is reported that the Security Council is close to approving such a resolution. If the U.N. Security Council approves such a resolution, there
is no need for Congressional action.
"If, on the other hand, the Iraqis defy the weapon inspectors, and the Security Council fails to respond with force, the United States may be
forced to go at it alone. In these dramatically different circumstances, the Spratt/Moran substitute calls for a second vote by Congress to approve a
military attack, but ensures the President a 'fast track' for its
consideration," Stupak said.
For the complete text of Rep. Stupak's address to the House, visit his
Web site. To read the pdf file, Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free
from the Web site.
Editor's Note: For an update on the House of Representatives Floor Proceedings, visit the Web site of the
Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of
For more legislative information visit the Library of Congress Thomas Web
Citizens may contact Stupak's Washington office at (202) 225-4735 or email him at
email@example.com. His Congressional Aide Amy Wisti may be reached in Houghton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at (906) 482-1371.
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