H.Con.Res.296 - Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the President's $87 billion supplemental appropriation request for the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq.108th Congress (2003-2004)
Text: H.Con.Res.296 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 296 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. CON. RES. 296 Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the President's $87 billion supplemental appropriation request for the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 8, 2003 Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas (for herself, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Filner, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Payne, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Meek of Florida, Mr. Honda, Mr. Towns, Ms. Kilpatrick, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, and Mr. Rush) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services and Select Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the President's $87 billion supplemental appropriation request for the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that the enactment of the President's $87 billion supplemental appropriation request for the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq should be done by means of a bifurcated vote of Congress subject to the following conditions: (1) Two separate votes should be taken in Congress-- (A) the first to address funding specifically designated for the support of military functions; and (B) the second to address funding specifically designated for the reconstruction of Iraq, including-- (i) details concerning the types of expenditures contemplated; and (ii) the extent of monetary contributions, if any, from any allies of the United States or from any international coalition that includes the United States. (2) A United Nations resolution should be prepared and approved by the Security Council which includes-- (A) an identification of those allies which will assist the United States in its efforts toward the democratization and reconstruction of Iraq; (B) the total number and phasing of troops to be deployed in these efforts; (C) an explanation of the extent of burden-sharing that can be expected from allies; and (D) an exit plan that accounts for the return of members of the Armed Services to the United States. (3) Public congressional hearings should be held to establish the credibility of any evidence for the existence of any weapons of mass destruction, including any nuclear weapons capability, possessed by Iraq, and which led to the inception of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (4) A report should be prepared which focuses on the intelligence relied upon that convinced the President that the protection of national security necessitated a preemptive attack on Iraq. (5) A report should be prepared regarding those administrative personnel who provided intelligence reports to Congress, including the basis upon which the personnel determined the intelligence warranted an immediate attack against Iraq. (6) A process should be established that guarantees minority-, small-, and women-owned business participation to fulfill the reconstruction requirements in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Noble Eagle. (7) A fully funded medical and psychological program should be established to help the returning members of the Armed Forces who served or will serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Noble Eagle, their families, and other veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom deal with any cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that they may experience. (8) An exit plan should be prepared which details a schedule for a return to the United States for members of the Armed Forces and the continued oversight necessary through allied efforts to maintain a stable government in Iraq. (9) A schedule should be established which outlines any further proposed funding requests, including an estimate of how many more requests will be made and how such funding will be sourced so as to avoid increasing further the national deficit. (10) Thorough and comprehensive congressional hearings should be held by all committees of jurisdiction, including the Committees on International Relations, Armed Services, Appropriations, and the Judiciary, requiring that the Administration provide extensive background details necessary to allow the House of Representatives to make an informed decision prior to the first full vote on the $87 billion supplemental appropriations request, as well as a detail report documenting how the prior $79 billion request was expended. <all>