Langevin Applauds Reed Vote Against Rice Nomination

Jan 26, 2005

(Washington, D.C.)–Congressman Jim Langevin, a member of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security and the House Armed Services Committee, today commended Senator Jack Reed for his vote against the nomination of Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State. Members of the United States Senate are responsible for the confirmation of all cabinet nominees.

“Senator Jack Reed demonstrated great fortitude on the floor of the United States Senate today by voting against the nomination of Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State. I find it troubling that, in these sensitive and dangerous times, the President wants to give a major promotion to one of the chief architects of the failed war in Iraq. It is irresponsible to entrust such a critical position of diplomacy to an individual who justified the invasion of Iraq to the American people based on faulty intelligence about Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction and its intention to use such weapons against its neighbors and our own citizens.

Just today, we received the troubling news that dozens more American soldiers have lost their lives in the line of duty; nearly 1400 have died since the start of this poorly planned and hastily executed war. By supporting the Administration's rush to war, Ms. Rice demonstrated a lack of understanding of the complexities of such an invasion and a misreading of critical pieces of intelligence. A vote to confirm Ms. Rice is a stamp of approval of the failed plan to invade and restore order in Iraq. We must not reward those who have cost our nation in terms of lives and credibility.

Senator Reed’s vote of conscience is one that all Rhode Islanders can and should be proud of.”