Vermont Becomes First State to Call for US Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

The Vermont State Legislature made headlines yesterday when lawmakers passed resolutions in both the House and Senate calling for the immediate and orderly withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. We speak with the original author of the House resolution, Representative Michael Fisher. [includes rush transcript]

The Vermont State Legislature made headlines yesterday when lawmakers passed resolutions in both the House and Senate calling for the immediate and orderly withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Vermont has lost more soldiers per capita than any other state in the nation, and is the first state to pass a resolution calling for troop withdrawal. The majority of Democrats supported the resolution. Most Republicans
opposed it, contesting a passage that suggested the presence of US troops would not bring stability to Iraq, or security to the United States. Representative Michael Fisher, a Democrat, was the original author of the House resolution. He joins us by phone from Montpelier, Vermont. Welcome to Democracy Now!

Rep. Michael Fisher. Representative in Vermont State Legislature. He sponsored a House resolution yesterday for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

AMY GOODMAN: Representative Michael Fisher, a Democrat, was the original author of the House resolution. He joins us on the phone from Montpelier, Vermont, the state’s capital. Welcome to Democracy Now! Hi, Michael Fisher.

REP. MICHAEL FISHER: Good morning.

AMY GOODMAN: It’s good to have you with us. Can you talk about this groundbreaking resolution, or both? One was passed in the Vermont Senate, one in the state legislature in the House. 

REP. MICHAEL FISHER: Yes. Sometimes states have to step up and lead, when Congress is not doing enough. And this was a time when Vermonters were able to speak up and say clearly that it was time to take some real leadership and to end this war.

AMY GOODMAN: Explain exactly what the resolution says.

REP. MICHAEL FISHER: The resolution, the key resolve calls for the immediate and orderly — well, it calls for Congress to commence immediately the orderly withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq.

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One Response

  1. Yeay Vermont!!!!!!!

    Cassie

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