Congress Passes Iraq War Resolution

After days of solemn debate, both the House and Senate passed and sent to the White House a resolution authorizing the president to use military force, if necessary, to compel Iraq to get rid of its biological and chemical weapons and disband its nuclear weapons program.

"The Congress has spoken clearly to the international community and the United Nation Security Council," Bush said Friday in a statement. "Saddam Hussein and his outlaw regime pose a grave threat to the region, the world and the United States. Inaction is not an option, disarmament is a must."

It was a major national security policy victory for Bush, and it occurred less than a month before midterm elections that will decide control of the House and Senate.

The House approved the resolution by a strong 296-133 margin Thursday. The Senate vote, coming early Friday, was 77-23.

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Senate Roll Call for Iraq Vote

  • Voting "yes" were 29 Democrats and 48 Republicans.
  • Voting "no" were 21 Democrats, one Republican and one independent.

    Alabama
  • Sessions (R) Yes; Shelby (R) Yes.
    Alaska
  • Murkowski (R) Yes; Stevens (R) Yes.
    Arizona
  • Kyl (R) Yes; McCain (R) Yes.
    Arkansas
  • Hutchinson (R) Yes; Lincoln (D) Yes.
    California
  • Boxer (D) No; Feinstein (D) Yes.
    Colorado
  • Allard (R) Yes; Campbell (R) Yes.
    Connecticut
  • Dodd (D) Yes; Lieberman (D) Yes.
    Delaware
  • Biden (D) Yes; Carper (D) Yes.
    Florida
  • Graham (D) No; Nelson (D) Yes.
    Georgia
  • Cleland (D) Yes; Miller (D) Yes.
    Hawaii
  • Akaka (D) No; Inouye (D) No.
    Idaho
  • Craig (R) Yes; Crapo (R) Yes.
    Illinois
  • Durbin (D) No; Fitzgerald (R) Yes.
    Indiana
  • Bayh (D) Yes; Lugar (R) Yes.
    Iowa
  • Grassley (R) Yes; Harkin (D) Yes.
    Kansas
  • Brownback (R) Yes; Roberts (R) Yes.
    Kentucky
  • Bunning (R) Yes; McConnell (R) Yes.
    Louisiana
  • Breaux (D) Yes; Landrieu (D) Yes.
    Maine
  • Collins (R) Yes; Snowe (R) Yes.
    Maryland
  • Mikulski (D) No; Sarbanes (D) No.
    Massachusetts
  • Kennedy (D) No; Kerry (D) Yes.
    Michigan
  • Levin (D) No; Stabenow (D) No.
    Minnesota
  • Dayton (D) No; Wellstone (D) No.
    Mississippi
  • Cochran (R) Yes; Lott (R) Yes.
    Missouri
  • Bond (R) Yes; Carnahan (D) Yes.
    Montana
  • Baucus (D) Yes; Burns (R) Yes.
    Nebraska
  • Hagel (R) Yes; Nelson (D) Yes.
    Nevada
  • Ensign (R) Yes; Reid (D) Yes.
    New Hampshire
  • Gregg (R) Yes; Smith (R) Yes.
    New Jersey
  • Corzine (D) No; Torricelli (D) Yes.
    New Mexico
  • Bingaman (D) No; Domenici (R) Yes.
    New York
  • Clinton (D) Yes; Schumer (D) Yes.
    North Carolina
  • Edwards (D) Yes; Helms (R) Yes.
    North Dakota
  • Conrad (D) No; Dorgan (D) Yes.
    Ohio
  • DeWine (R) Yes; Voinovich (R) Yes.
    Oklahoma
  • Inhofe (R) Yes; Nickles (R) Yes.
    Oregon
  • Smith (R) Yes; Wyden (D) No.
    Pennsylvania
  • Santorum (R) Yes; Specter (R) Yes.
    Rhode Island
  • Chafee (R) No; Reed (D) No.
    South Carolina
  • Hollings (D) Yes; Thurmond (R) Yes.
    South Dakota
  • Daschle (D) Yes; Johnson (D) Yes.
    Tennessee
  • Frist (R) Yes; Thompson (R) Yes.
    Texas
  • Gramm (R) Yes; Hutchison (R) Yes.
    Utah
  • Bennett (R) Yes; Hatch (R) Yes.
    Vermont
  • Jeffords (I) No; Leahy (D) No.
    Virginia
  • Allen (R) Yes; Warner (R) Yes.
    Washington
  • Cantwell (D) Yes; Murray (D) No.
    West Virginia
  • Byrd (D) No; Rockefeller (D) Yes.
    Wisconsin
  • Feingold (D) No; Kohl (D) Yes.
    Wyoming
  • Enzi (R) Yes; Thomas (R) Yes.


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