Sacramento Board of Supervisors resolution on Iraq troops

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RESOLUTION OF THE SACRAMENTO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SUPPORTING PHASED WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. FORCES IN IRAQ

ROGER DICKINSON

AGENDA DATE: January 8, 2008

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
SUPPORTING PHASED WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. FORCES IN IRAQ

WHEREAS, the United States is now into the fifth year of a war in Iraq with no end in sight and little apparent progress; and

WHEREAS, despite the deaths of more than 4,360 American men and women in our Armed Forces, and the injury of more than 30,000 Americans, President George W. Bush has refused to begin a safe and orderly withdrawal of American soldiers from Iraq; and

WHEREAS, more than 460 Californians have been among the service members killed in the Iraq conflict, more than any other state, and thousands more Californians, including more than 800 members of California’s National Guard, remain deployed in Iraq and at grave risk; and

WHEREAS, in the County of Sacramento, the direct toll has been at least fifteen members of the Armed Services who have been killed and scores injured, and is estimated to cost County taxpayers more than $700 million through FY 2008; and

WHEREAS, civilian casualties in Iraq have been significant, with more than 700,000 civilian Iraqi men, women, and children killed, and millions more wounded or displaced from their homes; and

WHEREAS, hostilities in Iraq have continued for more than four years, requiring the expenditure of $10,000,000,000 per month and estimated at more than $450,000,000,000 already appropriated since its inception, an amount that directly affects the funding available to address Sacramento County’s needs and pressing issues such as funding for children’s health insurance, job training programs, homeless assistance, housing assistance, flood protection, water supply development, public and other transportation development, and other vital domestic needs; and

WHEREAS, the widely respected and bipartisan Iraq Study Group recommended that the United States withdraw its Armed Forces from Iraq by early this year; and

WHEREAS, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation which would have allowed California voters the opportunity to express their views on the war in Iraq; and

WHEREAS, despite the best efforts and tremendous sacrifices made by service members and their families, the continued presence of United States Armed Forces will not lead to peace and stability in Iraq or the Middle East; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors, County of Sacramento, believes that the war in Iraqi has significantly adversely affected the ability of the County of Sacramento to address many crucial matters facing the people of Sacramento County without increasing public safety or reducing the threat of terrorism;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors, County of Sacramento, State of California, calls on the Congress and the President to set specific dates and timelines to withdraw and phase out our Armed Forces in Iraq in order to better serve our national interest and meet critical domestic priorities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to transmit this resolution to the President of the United States, the leadership of the Congress, the United States Senators from California, and the members of the Sacramento delegation of the House of Representatives.

Roger Dickinson

Agenda Date: January 8, 2008 Page 2

On a motion by Supervisor_____________________,

Seconded by Supervisor_______________________ , the foregoing

Resolution was passed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sacramento, State of California, this 8th day of January, 2008, with

the following vote, to wit:

AYES: Supervisors,

NOES: Supervisors,

ABSENT: Supervisors,

_________________________
Chair, Board of Supervisors
COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO
STATE OF CALIFORNIA

ATTEST
___________________________
Clerk, Board of Supervisors