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Farr abstains on war support resolution.

Rep. Farr failed to oppose the H-Con 103 yesterday which supports Bush in the Iraq war. He gives his explanation and other statements on the Iraqi War. Mayor Reilly reschedules a Town Hall meeting for April 7th. Those interested in taking the issue to Farr's office are invited to e-mail me at rnorse (at) hotmail.com .
THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM TOWN HALL MEETING IN SANTA CRUZ ON THE WAR IN IRAQ HAD BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 19TH. IT WAS CANCELED BY MAYOR REILLY BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE DEL MAR HAD, ACCORDING TO HER, THIRTY EMPTY SEATS (OUT OF 500) SO ANOTHER "WAS NOT NECESSARY." Additionally Reilly and her Council failed to bring up any of the strong resolutions that came out of the Feb 15 Town Hall meeting, apparently out of a desire not to offend Farr.

WITH ALL THE UNFORTUNATE EXPLOSIONS IN BAGDAD, REILLY HAS NOW RESCHEDULED THE MEETING FOR APRIL 7TH, (just in time to bury the bodies?)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL REILLY AT 420-5022.

FARR STILL REFUSES TO COME OUT AGAINST THE USE OF URANIUM-DEPLETED WEAPONS, WHICH WILL INJURE BOTH OUR SOLDIERS AND IRAQI PEOPLE. CALL HIS OFFICE AT 429-1976

IF FOLKS WANT GO TO HIS OFFICE DIRECTLY TO SEND A MESSAGE, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO JOIN THEM (NORSE: 423-4833).

The following documents were e-mailed to me by Rachael Dann of Rep. Farr's office (phone: 831-429-1976). Her e-mail is Rachel.Dann (at) mail.house.gov .

108TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. CON. RES. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. HUNTER submitted the following concurrent resolution:

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Expressing the support and appreciation of the Nation for the President and the members of the Armed Forces who are participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Whereas the United States Armed Forces, a total force comprised of active, National Guard, and Reserve personnel, are now undertaking courageous and determined oper-ations against the forces of Saddam Hussein’s regime;

Whereas the Senate and House of Representatives and the American people have the greatest pride in the members of the Armed Forces and strongly support them;

Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–338) stated that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that re-gime;

Whereas on October 16, 2002, the President signed into law House Joint Resolution 114 of the 107th Congress, the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243), which provides congressional authorization for the use of military
force against Iraq;

Whereas the United Nations Security Council, in Security Council Resolution 1441, adopted on November 8, 2002, voted unanimously that Iraq ‘‘. . . will face serious con-sequences as a result of its continued violations of its ob-ligations’’ to disarm in accordance with all relevant United Nations resolutions;

Whereas Iraq remains in material breach of the relevant United Nations resolutions;

Whereas the United States has assembled and deployed an allied military coalition to apply pressure on Saddam Hussein to comply with the relevant United Nations reso-lutions;

Whereas on March 18, 2003, the President transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate the President’s de-termination, consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243),

that reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq, and

that the President’s use of military force against Iraq is consistent with necessary ongoing efforts by the United States and other countries against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001;

Whereas on the evening of March 17, 2003, the President of the United States issued Saddam Hussein and his sons a final ultimatum to leave Iraq within 48 hours or face United States military intervention;

Whereas, when Saddam Hussein failed to comply, the President ordered United States Armed Forces to commence military operations against the forces of Saddam Hussein during the evening of March 19, 2003, under the code name of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in order to liberate Iraq, remove Saddam Hussein from power, and neutralize Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction;

Whereas the United States Armed Forces and allied forces are performing their missions with great courage and distinction in carrying out air, land, and sea attacks against Iraqi military targets; and

Whereas the ability of the Armed Forces to successfully perform their mission requires the support of their nation, community, and families:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress expresses the unequivocal support and appreciation of the Nation—

(1) to the President as Commander-in-Chief for his firm leadership and decisive action in the conduct of military operations in Iraq as part of the on-going Global War on Terrorism;

(2) to the members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, who are carrying out their missions with excellence, patriotism, and bravery; and

(3) to the families of the United States military personnel serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, who are providing support and prayers for their loved ones currently engaged in military operations in Iraq.

VOTE ON ABOVE RESOLUTION: H-Con Res 103 Voting Nay: Conyers, MacDermott, Honda,Wrangle, Waters, Jones-OH, Scott-Vir, Watson, Lee, & Stark

Voting Present: Brown-OH, Jackson-IL, Ron Paul-TX, Corinne Brown, Sheilay Jackson Lee, Hain, Carson-IND, Johnson, Brush, Clay, Kilpatrick, Salvo, Cummings, Kucinich, Tchkovsky, Davis-IL, Lewis-GA, Watt, Doggit, Meeks-NY, FARR-CA, & Owens

Everyone else voted for the resolution.

The text of a similar Senate resolution, Rachel, notes, can be found at loc.thomas.gov. The bill # is S. Res 95. This resolution passed 99-0 with Miller from GA (D) not voting because he was not present.





FARR'S PRESS RELEASE ON WHY HE ABSTAINED

Subject: RELEASE: Farr Abstains from vote on H. Con. Res. 103
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sarah Rosen
March 21, 2003 202-225-2861 sarah.rosen (at) mail.house.gov

REP. FARR ABSTAINS ON RESOLUTION COMMENDING PRESIDENT BUSH

Farr expresses support for troops but says he cannot support the actions that brought about military action (Washington, DC) B Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today issued the following statement regarding his abstention from the vote on H.Con. Res. 103, "Expressing the support and appreciation for the President and the members of the Armed Forces who are participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom."

"This was not an easy decision to make. While I support the work of our brave men and women overseas, I could not express the firm support for the President's actions articulated in this resolution. Therefore, I decided, along with 21 of my colleagues, to abstain from this vote."

Rep. Farr and his colleagues objected to the following language included in the Resolution: ...the Congress expresses the unequivocal support and appreciation of the Nation -

(1) to the President as Commander-in-Chief for his firm leadership and decisive action in the conduct of military operations in Iraq as part of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.

A concurrent resolution expresses the sense of Congress, does not authorize any action or funding, and does not become law.


March 20, 2003 FARR STATEMENT 202-225-2861 sarah.rosen (at) mail.house.gov

REP. FARR STATEMENT ON WAR IN IRAQ

(Washington, DC) - Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today issued the following statement on the start of war in Iraq:

"Last night, I watched with the rest of the nation as the United States launched a pre-emptive strike on Iraq. My thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with the men, women and families of our armed forces overseas. We here in Congress, Democrats and Republicans, are committed to providing them with any support needed.

"That being said, we should never use the support for our troops as an excuse to stifle debate over the conflict that put them in harm's
way. Our nation is a democracy and the President has sent our troops overseas to enable the Iraqis to acquire the same democratic
principles we enjoy. Over the next days and weeks, our nation should continue to engage in a healthy debate over President Bush's
actions. I encourage all citizens to speak out, demonstrate and express their views, as I will continue to do here on Capitol Hill.

"The President has set a high bar for success in this conflict. He has expressed his desire to disarm Iraq, bring about regime change,
create democracy in Iraq, transform the Middle East and protect our homeland. If this Administration is going to put our young men
and women in harm's way, this nation should hold the President accountable for his ambitious goals not only abroad but also here at
home. As an example, unemployment has recently skyrocketed, with 1.7 million more Americans out of work. We cannot be a world
leader if we continue to fail the needs of families here at home.

"My office will be available to answer any questions you may have. I hope you will join me at a town hall meeting I am hosting at
the Monterey Institute for International Studies this Saturday so I can hear from you and exchange views on the conflict."

On Saturday, March 22, 2003


Sarah J. Rosen Press Secretary Office of U.S. Rep. Sam Farr 1221 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2861


March 20, 2003 Statement from Sam Farr

The US has launched an attack against Iraq in the hopes that the regime of Saddam Hussein will fall; the illegal proliferation of weapons of mass destruction will cease; democracy will flourish in Iraq; and that democracy will spread like wildfire revolutionizing the established hierarchies in the Middle East. That is an optimistic vision for the future, but what concerns me is the past.

In foregoing a second UN Security Council resolution and ignoring the stances of France, Germany and Russia, the Bush Administration has undermined the past 60 years of alliances that stretch their geo-political web across the globe. France has been an integral part of America’s foreign policy since the Revolutionary War, and Germany and Russia, whether friend or foe, have helped America define herself throughout her history and have grown into valued friends.

On top of all the damage in Iraq, I am worried about the damage our lack of diplomacy has done to our ability to form long-lasting and trusting global relationships. Peace resides on the words and established bonds of governments, and if others follow our precedent, words and bonds lose out to pure, blunt military force.

The US can’t begin to exempt itself from the rest of the world when our own technology demands our compromised participation. During the 20th Century, America became a symbol, that “city upon a hill” that John Winthrop spoke of so long ago, of openness, tolerance and success. The 21st Century has brought arrogance to our policies and venom from enemy and ally.

From this point and on, the US needs to rebuild two things: Iraq and its moral authority. Neither will be easy, and neither has been
discussed openly. How do we plan to buttress a new government in Baghdad? How do we plan to forge new relationships with the
global powers of France, Russia, Germany and China when they all have condemned our actions? How do we show our face on the
UN floor?

There is an African phrase: “It takes a village to raise a child.” The Bush Administration has spurned that village and jeopardized the success of our nation building policy. Since the beginning of his Administration, he has done nothing but alienate the global community.
By pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol unannounced and voiding the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia, Bush has unflinchingly eroded the credibility of our diplomacy by refusing to acknowledge global politics. Former President Bush’s Secretary of State James Baker traveled around the world several times over to drum up support for the first Gulf War, and that was when Hussein had made the aggressive move to invade Kuwait.

Current President Bush has traveled to the Azores, an archipelago
off the coast of Portugal, to speak with world leaders already supportive of the US’s, not Iraq’s, preemptive, aggressive attack. He
has led the way without asking or acknowledging the potential followers, and that only exacerbates their feelings of impotence. He
has untied some of the tightest knots of friendship and has discarded moral authority for global supremacy.

Currently, American families are incomplete—their women and men overseas engaged in military conflict. Undoubtedly some
families will permanently remain incomplete by the end of this engagement, paying the ultimate price of war, but we all hope and
pray for a safe homecoming for all American troops.

In all my opposition to this military conflict, my first concern is the safe return of all soldiers from abroad. We must remember that soldiers are the tools of policy, and to them, this war is a job. They have not sent themselves to invade Iraq, and they have not brought America to this historical precedent.

With Americans agreeing and disagreeing on the legitimacy of the war, it is imperative that we see through the disagreement to understand that our top priority is the safe arrival back home of our sons and daughters so that the American family is whole again. If we cannot do that, then we face societal strains akin to the unrest during and after the Vietnam War. It is our civic duty to question the reasons for war, but our support of American troops must never be questioned.

I encourage us all to pay close attention to the days ahead, and more importantly, pay closer attention to the months and years this
mission will take. I will continue to advocate for a peaceful resolution of this conflict, promoting action through the U.N. as the most effective means of addressing an Iraqi threat. I am convinced that we must use every effort to build an international consensus and
coalition to address the current conflict and post-conflict environment throughout the world. Whatever course we take, the United
States cannot afford to go it alone, and our troops cannot fight without the thoughts and prayers of their fellow Americans back
home.

I ask for the people of the Central Coast to exude a different kind of strength, one that requires the loudest of cries against the war
and the strongest of support for American soldiers. If we can show that kind of strength, America will be on its way again to reestablishing itself as country whose strength lies not in its guns and warships but in the hearts and minds of its citizens. Please pray with me for American soldiers and innocent Iraqi citizens and their survival through this devastating time.

Sincerely, Sam Farr

 
 


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