Proposed resolution to
KEEP OREGON'S NATIONAL GUARD
FROM DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

AN ACT RELATING TO THE FEDERAL DEPLOYMENT OF OREGON'S NATIONAL GUARD IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

Section 1: BACKGROUND

(1) In September 2007, a letter signed by 61 local elected representatives in 27 Oregon counties calling for the troops to come home was sent to President Bush;

(2) In October 2007, Rep. Lynn Woolsey sent a letter to President Bush signed by at least 89 members of the U.S. House that pledged only to allocate more money to bring the troops home from Iraq; that letter was signed by Oregon Reps. Blumenauer and DeFazio;

(3) On May 1, 2007, the Oregon Senate passed SM1 by a vote of 19-11 on May 1, 2007, asking Congress to "exercise its appropriate constitutional authority to oppose the administration's escalation of United States forces in Iraq, and to move the United States toward a phased redeployment of United States forces out of Iraq with a responsible transition to Iraqi control of Iraq's security and of the personnel and resources necessary to achieve stability in Iraq."

(4) On March 20, 2007, the Oregon House passed statewide resolution HJM 9 by a vote of 33- 25, urging the President not to send more troops to Iraq and calling for a withdrawal to begin "as soon as possible";

(5) On March 12, 2007, the Eugene City Council passed a resolution calling for the U.S. Government to immediately commence a withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq, and for Congress to only approve further funds to carry out a safe, rapid and orderly withdrawal and Iraqi reconstruction efforts;

(6) On November 30, 2006, on a 5-0 vote, Portland's City Council passed a resolution calling for the troops to come home in order to fund human needs.

(7) In October, 2006, the Oregonian reported that "After once saying he supported President Bush's decision to invade Iraq, Gov. Ted Kulongoski now says the war 'is just spinning out of control' and the United States should set a strict timetable for getting out. In some of his strongest anti-war statements yet, Kulongoski told the Oregonian's editorial board that, like most of the American public, he believes the continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq 'is making things worse. I don't think this is good for America.'"

(8) On February 21, 2006, the Corvallis City Council passed a resolution calling for an "orderly, rapid, and comprehensive withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq" ;

(9) In 2005, hundreds of Oregonians sent postcards to Gov. Kulongoski urging him to bring the National Guard back from Iraq, and on June 13, 150 Oregonians on the "Walk for Justice" stopped in his office to deliver many of those postcards and that message;

(10) At least 170 cities/towns/counties/legislative districts and state legislatures had passed resolutions calling for the troops to come home and/or condemning the use of funds for war that could be spent locally;

(11) In April, 2005, Governors Kulongoski, Gregoire (Washington), Kempthorne (Idaho) and Schweitzer (Montana) raised concerns about Guard members and equipment deployed in Iraq with wildfire season approaching;

(12) The Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq (2002) is based in part on Iraq being in possession of weapons of mass destruction, harboring Al Quaida members responsible for the Septem