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Profile: Robert C. Byrd

 
  

Positions that Robert C. Byrd has held:

  • US Senator, Democrat from West Virginia


 

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Quote, September 20, 2002

   Bush's proposed resolution would be the “broadest possible grant of war powers to any president in the history of our Republic. The resolution is a direct insult and an affront to the powers given to Congress.” [West Virginia Gazette, 9/21/02]

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Robert C. Byrd actively participated in the following events:

 
  

September 19, 2002      US knowledge 1980s

       Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is subjected to intense questioning by Senator Robert Byrd about the United States' role in providing Iraq with the materials for its chemical and biological weapons and Rumsfeld's December 20, 1983 visit to Baghdad (see December 20, 1983). [Sources: US Congressional Record: September 20, 2002 (Senate) Page S8987-S8998]
Sen. Robert Byrd - “Mr. Secretary, to your knowledge, did the United States help Iraq to acquire the building blocks of biological weapons during the Iran-Iraq War? Are we, in fact, now facing the possibility of reaping what we have sown?” [Sources: US Congressional Record: September 20, 2002 (Senate) Page S8987-S8998]
Defense Secr. Donald Rumsfeld - “Certainly not to my knowledge. I have no knowledge of United States companies or government being involved in assisting Iraq develop chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.” [Sources: US Congressional Record: September 20, 2002 (Senate) Page S8987-S8998]
Sen. Robert Byrd - “[After reading Mr. Rumsfeld excerpts from a Newsweek article] Let me ask you again: Did the United States help Iraq to acquire the building blocks of biological weapons during the Iran-Iraq War? Are we, in fact, now facing the possibility of reaping what we have sown?” [Sources: US Congressional Record: September 20, 2002 (Senate) Page S8987-S8998]
Defense Secr. Donald Rumsfeld - “I have not read the article.... I was, for a period in late '83 and early '84, asked by President Reagan to serve as Middle East envoy after the Marines—241 Marines were killed in Beirut. As part of my responsibilities I did visit Baghdad. I did meet with Mr. Tariq Aziz. And I did meet with Saddam Hussein and spent some time visiting with them about the war they were engaged in with Iran. At the time our concern, of course, was Syria and Syria's role in Lebanon and Lebanon's role in the Middle East and the terrorist acts that were taking place. As a private citizen I was assisting only for a period of months. I have never heard anything like what you've read, I have no knowledge of it whatsoever, and I doubt it.” [Sources: US Congressional Record: September 20, 2002 (Senate) Page S8987-S8998]
People and organizations involved: Robert C. Byrd, Donald Rumsfeld
          

October 3, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       Senator Robert Byrd speaks strongly against the Bush administration's drive towards war with Iraq during a debate over Senate Joint Resolution 46. [Byrd, 10/3/02]
People and organizations involved: Robert C. Byrd
          

October 11, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       Senators vote 77 to 23 in favor of SJ Res. 46 at 1:15am despite significant opposition from their constituencies. [Washington Post, 10/11/02 Sources: S.J. Res. 46] Dissident Democrats Senators Carl Levin, Richard Durbin, Barbara Boxer, Robert Byrd, and Mark Dayton attempt to come up with an alternative, SJ Res. 45, but discussion on it is postponed indefinitely by a 75 to 25 vote. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45]
Sen. Carl Levin. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4858-62 (rejected) - “To authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces, pursuant to a new resolution of the United Nations Security Council, to destroy, remove, or render harmless Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons-usable material, long-range ballistic missiles, and related facilities, and for other purposes.” [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4858-62]
Sen. Richard Durbin. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4865 (rejected) - To amend the authorization for the use of the Armed Forces to cover an imminent threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction rather than the continuing threat posed by Iraq.
Sen. Barbara Boxer. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4866-67 (not voted on) - “In families with minor children where both parents serve on active duty in the Armed Forces or where both parents are members of the National Guard or Reserves, the Secretary of Defense shall make every effort to ensure that not more than one of the parents is deployed in combat.”
Sen. Robert Byrd. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4868 (rejected) - To provide statutory construction that constitutional authorities remain unaffected and that no additional grant of authority is made to the President not directly related to the existing threat posed by Iraq. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4868-69]
Sen. Robert Byrd. SJ Res. 45 with amendments 4869 (rejected) - To provide a termination date for the authorization of the use of the Armed Forces of the United States, together with procedures for the extension of such date unless Congress disapproves the extension. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4868-69]
Sen. Mark Dayton. S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4870 (rejected) - Allows the President to prepare for the deployment—not use—of the US Armed Forces. If he determines that the use of force is necessary to protect the US from an imminent threat posed by Iraq, he may request a declaration of war to be voted upon by Congress. [Sources: S.J. Res. 45 with amendments 4870]
People and organizations involved: Robert C. Byrd, Mark Dayton, Barbara Boxer, Richard Durbin, Carl Levin
          

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