THE TEXT OF THE MCGOVERN-HATFIElD AMENDMENT RF.ADS AS FOLLOWS:
On page , line , insert the following: Sec • (a) Unless the Congress
shall have declared war, no part of any funds appropriated pursuant to this Act or
any other law shall be expended in Vietnam after December 31, 1970; for any purpose
arising from military conflict: Provided, That funds may be expended as required
for the safe and systematic withdrawal of all United States military personnel, the
termination of United States military operations, the provision of assistance to
South Vietnam in amounts and for purposes specifically authorized by the Congress,
the exchange of prisoners, and the arrangement of asylum for Vietnamese who might
be physically endangered by the withdrawal of United States forces: And provided
further, That the withdrawal of all United States military personnel from Vietnam
shallbe coq>leted no later than June 30, 1971, unless the Congress, by joint
resolution, approves a finding by the President that an additional stated period
of time is required to insure the safety of such personnel during withdrawal process.
(b) Unless Congress shall have declared war, no part of any funds appropriated
pursuant to this Act or any other law shall be expended after December 31, 1970, to
furnish to Laos any military advisers, or to support military operations by the
forces of the United States or any other country in or over Laos.
(c) Unless the Congress shall have declared war, no part of any funds
appropriated pursuant to the Act or any other law shall be expended, after thirty
days after the date of enactment of this Act, to furnish to cambodia any defense
article or any military assistance or military advisers, or to support military
operations by the forces of the United States or any other country in or over Cambodia.
(d) For the purposes of this section, the term "defense article" shall have
the aame meaning given such term under Section 644 of the Foreign Assistance Act of
Please note that this amendment provides specifically for the safe and systematic
withdrawal of our forces, for the exchanges of prisoners, for asylum for those
Vietnamese who might feel threatened by the withdrawal of American forces and note
also that it specifically provides that if the President and the Congress jointly
find that more than a year's time is needed to withdraw our forces systematically and
safely, the withdrawal time can be provided by joint declaration of the Congress and
What is wrong with giving Congress some right to work with the President in
making a dec lara tiara as to the commitment of American forces in foreign countries?
Is that not what the Constitution is all about? This amendment is a formula for
saving American lives and American honor. It is a formula for restoring constitutional
government. It was drafted by Senators, moat of whom have fought for their
country in previous wars.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 46 , Folder 20, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
87518 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE
ADDITIONAL COSPONSOR OF AN
Mr. HATFIELD. Mr. President, I ask
unanimous consent that, at the next
printing, the name of the Senator from
Montana (Mr. MANSFIELD) be added as
a cosponsor of Amendment No. 609 to
H .R. 17123, to authorize appropriations
during the fiscal year 1971 for procurement
of aircraft, missiles, naval vessels,
and tracked combat vehicles, and other
weapons, and research, development
test, and evaluation for the Armed
Forces, and to prescribe the authorized
personnel strength of the Selected
Reserve of each Reserve component of
the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
The PRESIDING OFFICER
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