On party lines, Senators passed a non-binding resolution. It urges Congress not to escalate U.S. involvement in Iraq or increase troop levels. The bill’s author is Democrat Carole Migden. She told lawmakers the state should take a stand on the issue:
“23 other states in the union are posed to consider similar resolutions and if this house acts and this house goes on record in opposition to the surge it will send a timely message to the United States congress.”
Republican Senator Dave Cogdill opposed the measure:
“Legislative bodies throughout this great country have taken it upon themselves to pass resolutions that support and enhance the morale of our enemies. It makes absolutely no sense to me, why we would want to do that.”
The bill goes next to the Assembly. Migden says it will be amended there to make sure the language expresses the firm support of the men and women in the armed forces.