Press Releases

February 5, 2008

The Politico
1100 Wilson Blvd, Suite 601
Arlington, VA 22209

To the editor:

Your article badly mischaracterizes my position on a potential Status of Forces Agreement between our nation and Iraq.

It is my understanding that in most cases Presidents are only required to share Status of Forces Agreements with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- but I do not believe that this is adequate with regard to Iraq.

This President should not be in a position to bind our nation in Iraq for decades to come as he walks out the door of the White House.  I believe the Senate should have a strong voice in the process and any agreement should be submitted to the Senate for ratification.

That’s why I am a cosponsor of legislation sponsored by Senator Clinton and 8 other Senators that would give teeth to this process.  The legislation would prohibit any funds from being authorized or appropriated to carry out any agreement between the United States and Iraq involving commitments or risks affecting the nation as a whole – unless that agreement is ratified by two-thirds of the Senate or approved by both houses of Congress.  

This legislation is critical for our nation’s future policy in Iraq.


Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator