House Votes 365-50 (We Post Vote Tally) To Deplore Abuse Of Iraqi Prisoners, Demand Swift Justice & Express Appreciation To Honorable Members of U.S. Armed ForcesH. Res. 627
(May 7, 2004) -- By a vote of 365-50 (vote tally below), the House of Representatives on May 6 passed a resolution (HR 627, text below) deploring the abuse of persons in U.S. custody in Iraq, urging swift justice for any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice and expressing appreciation to courageous and honorable members of the Armed Forces who have served or are now serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
151 Democrats joined 213 Republicans in voting for the resolution
Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (D., LB-Carson) was among 49 Democrats and 1 Republican voting no. Congressmembers Dana Rohrabacher (R, HB-LB-PV) and Ed Royce (R., El Dorado Park Estates + adjacent OC) both voted yes.
The full text of the resolution is as follows:
Whereas the American people and the world are dismayed by revelations of abuses inflicted upon detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad; (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)
HRES 627 EH
In the House of Representatives, U.S.,
May 6, 2004.
Whereas the American people and the world are dismayed by revelations of abuses inflicted upon detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad;
Whereas the military justice process so far has resulted in charges being brought against six individuals, three of whom have been recommended for trial by court martial;
Whereas the investigation by the United States Central Command has identified problems of leadership, chain of command, and training that contributed to the instances of abuse;
Whereas the Congress was not fully informed of the existence, or the seriousness, of those abuses or of the investigation of those abuses until after they had been disclosed in the national media;
Whereas such abuses are offensive to the principles and values of the American people and the United States military, are incompatible with the professionalism, dedication, standards and training required of individuals who serve in the United States military, and contradict the policies, orders, and laws of the United States and the United States military and undermine the ability of the United States military to achieve its mission in Iraq;
Whereas the vast majority of members of the Armed Forces have upheld the highest possible standards of professionalism and morality in the face of illegal tactics and terrorist attacks and attempts on their lives;
Whereas members of the Armed Forces have planned and conducted, frequently at great peril and cost, military operations in a manner carefully intended to prevent or minimize injury to Iraqi civilians and property;
Whereas over 138,000 members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Iraq, a total force comprised of active, National Guard, and Reserve personnel, are executing a courageous and determined mission to rebuild and rehabilitate a proud nation after liberating it from the tyranny, oppression, and genocide of Saddam Hussein's evil regime;
Whereas the Department of Defense has awarded members of the Armed Forces serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom at least 3,767 Purple Hearts, as well as thousands of commendations for valor, including at least 4 Distinguished Service Crosses, 127 Silver Stars, and over 16,000 Bronze Stars;
Whereas members of the Armed Forces, United States citizens, over 30 Coalition partners, and patriotic Iraqis are working to finally return the government of Iraq to the Iraqi people after decades of despotism;
Whereas since the deposing of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi people have enjoyed substantial improvements in essential services, including major water, sewage, power, infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications, and food security projects that already benefit millions more citizens than under the Ba'ath Party regime;
Whereas the quality of life for Iraqis has significantly improved in the areas of food availability, health services, and educational opportunities since the downfall of the Hussein government; and
Whereas security provided by the United States Armed Forces, the Coalition partners of the United States, and the Iraqi people has permitted the adoption by Iraq of a Transitional Administrative Law, with the promise of a sovereign Iraqi Interim Government, national elections, a constitution, and democracy: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) deplores and condemns the abuse of persons in United States custody in Iraq, regardless of the circumstances of their detention;
(2) declares that the alleged crimes of a handful of individuals should not detract from the commendable sacrifices of over 300,000 members of the United States Armed Forces who have served, or who are serving, in Operation Iraqi Freedom;
(3) reaffirms and reinforces the American principle that any and all individuals under the custody and care of the United States Armed Forces shall be afforded proper and humane treatment;
(4) urges the Secretary of the Army to conduct a full and thorough investigation into any and all allegations of mistreatment or abuse of detainees in Iraq;
(5) urges the Secretary of the Army and appropriate military authorities to undertake corrective action to address chain of command deficiencies and the systemic deficiencies identified in the incidents in question;
(6) urges the Secretary of the Army to bring to swift justice any member of the Armed Forces who has violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice to ensure that their actions are not allowed to impugn the integrity of the United States Armed Forces or undermine the United States mission in Iraq;
(7) reaffirms the need for Congress to be frequently updated on the status of efforts by the Department of Defense to address and resolve issues identified in this resolution;
(8) expresses the deep appreciation of the Nation to the courageous and honorable members of the Armed Forces who have selflessly served, or who are currently serving, in Operation Iraqi Freedom;
(9) expresses the support and thanks of the Nation to the families and friends of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen who have served, or who are serving, in Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
(10) expresses the continuing solidarity and support of the House of Representatives and the American people for the partnership of the United States with the Iraqi people in building a viable Iraqi government and a secure nation.
The House Clerk's tally on HR 627 follows:
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 150(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
H RES 627 RECORDED VOTE 6-May-2004 3:05 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Deploring the Abuse of Persons in United States Custody in Iraq
---- AYES 365 ---
Johnson, E. B.
Sánchez, Linda T.
---- NOES 50 ---
---- NOT VOTING 19 ---
Cox [LBReport.com is told non-substantive temporary absence]
Davis, Jo Ann
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