Feingold continues call to end involvement in Iraq

Senator holds listening session in Whitewater

(Published Jan. 10, 2007, 8:38 a.m.)


U.S. Senator Russ Feingold continued his call for a troop redeployment timetable to end the military mission in Iraq.

He met with constituents last Sunday at his Walworth County listening session in Whitewater.

Approximately 70 people from around the county attended to hear about topics including the war in Iraq, health care and the high cost of prescription drugs, campaign finance reform, mental health parity, education and energy issues.

Before the Senator listened to and took questions from participants, he briefly spoke about legislation he has introduced to establish a timetable to redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq.

The legislation builds on Feingold's effort in the last Congress to end the military mission in Iraq in order to focus attention and resources on our top national security priority: defeating global terrorist networks.

Feingold's legislation would require the administration to submit a timetable for the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq within six months.

The bill would allow a minimal number of U.S. forces to remain in Iraq for targeted counter-terrorism activities, training of Iraqi security forces and the protection of U.S. infrastructure and personnel.

In August 2005, Feingold became the first U.S. Senator to propose a target date for the redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq. In June 2006, Feingold cosponsored an amendment to the FY2007 Department of Defense authorization bill that would have required the redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq by July 1, 2007.

In the 109th Congress, Feingold also introduced several bills addressing counter-terrorism and national security priorities, including provisions for strengthening our efforts in Afghanistan and Somalia.

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