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Feingold introduces amendment to redeploy troops by end of year

Published: Thursday April 27, 2006

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Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) today introduced an amendment demanding redeployment of U.S. troops currently in Iraq by the end of 2006, RAW STORY has learned.

The amendment is attached to an emergency supplemental appropriations bill currently being considered to fund ongoing military operations in Iraq.

This is the third time Feingold has introduced or taken part in writing legislation requesting a troop drawback. In June of 2005, Feingold introduced a resolution calling for a "flexible timetable" for an Iraq withdrawal. In November, 40 Senators voted in support of a similar amendment.

The lawmaker more recently made waves by calling for the censure of President George W. Bush over a National Security Agency warrantless spying program.

The appropriations amendment does not call for a complete withdrawal of all U.S. personnel.

"While this amendment recognizes the need for certain U.S. forces to be engaged in counter-terrorism activities, the training of Iraqi security services, and the protection of essential U.S. infrastructure," Feingold explained, "it also recognizes that the President's current strategy in Iraq is undermining our nation's national security."