December 06, 2006

Sen. Wyden co-sponsors no permanent bases resolution for Iraq

Legislation is another step in the Senators long-term opposition to the Iraq war

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today signed on as a co-sponsor of an amendment to express the sense of Congress that the United States should not establish permanent military bases in Iraq or exercise control over the natural resources of Iraq. The provision will be offered as an amendment to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate."We need to send a message to the Iraqi people and the rest of the world that the United States is not in Iraq for oil or for strategically-placed military installations, Wyden said.In March, Wyden called on the President to unequivocally agree to never establishing a permanent military base in Iraq; the Administration has not responded, so Wyden joined with fellow Senators in this next step. Click here for the full text of Wydens March statement.Earlier this month Wyden went to the Senate floor to call for a Congressional vote on the Presidents plan and budget for Americans continued involvement in Iraq. Wyden, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, cited the need for Congress to have a role as a co-equal branch of government in the future of the war-ravaged nation. Click Here for Wydens full statement. Wyden was one of only 23 U.S. Senators to vote against going to war with Iraq.