National Key Votes
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT, WHICH REPLACES THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE LEGISLATION WITH A NEW TEXT. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.
May 22, 2008(Key vote)
Title: Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with Provisions Regarding Conduct and Congressional Oversight
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 2642 that appropriates $165.35 billion in supplemental defense funds for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 and establishes regulations regarding the United States' activities in Iraq and other foreign territories.
- Prohibits the use of funds to establish military installations or bases in Iraq for the purposes of achieving permanent stationing of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq or for the purposes of exercising control over oil resources in Iraq (Sec. 12004).
- Prohibits the deployment of any unit of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard beyond 365 days and the deployment of any unit of the Marine Corps or Marine Corps Reserve beyond 210 days without a Presidential waiver featuring an explanation of the extension of deployment (Sec. 12002).
- Requires Congressional input for United States security agreements with Iraq (Sec. 12006).
- Requires that the President complete an agreement within 90 days of the enactment of HR 2642 that would result in the government of Iraq subsidizing fuel costs for the United States Armed Forces operating in Iraq so that the price of fuel for the Armed Forces is equal to the price for domestic Iraqi consumption, unless the President certifies that a waiver of this requirement is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States (Sec. 12009).
- Requires U.S. Armed Forces units deploying to Iraq to be certificated by the President that such units are "fully mission capable," unless the President waives this policy citing national security interests (Sec. 12001).
- Increases from three years to five years the amount of time in which the statute of limitations is suspended for offenses related to contracts, subcontracts, or purchase orders which are related to the prosecution of the war or to U.S. property, or for offenses related to any disposition of termination inventory by any war contractor or government agency (Sec. 12011).
- Includes contractors and non-Armed Forces federal employees among those who may be prosecuted for engaging in certain actions outside of the United States that would be illegal within United States territory (Sec. 13002).
- Establishes the Investigative Units for Contractor Oversight to investigate allegations of criminal violations committed by contractors employed by the United States in a foreign country where the U.S. Armed Forces are conducting military operations (Sec. 13003).
May 22, 2008
Title: Iraq Provisions Including a Troop Withdrawal