What: All Issues : War & Peace : (H.R. 4899) On an amendment (to a war funding bill) that would have required the president to submit to Congress by April 4, 2011 a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan (2010 house Roll Call 433)
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(H.R. 4899) On an amendment (to a war funding bill) that would have required the president to submit to Congress by April 4, 2011 a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan
house Roll Call 433     Jul 01, 2010
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment (to a war funding bill) that would have required the president to submit to Congress by April 4, 2011 a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. President Obama had stated his intention to begin a withdrawal of troops by July 2011. If the president were to adopt a new policy that did not begin withdrawing troops by that date, the amendment would have required him to obtain approval from Congress.

Rep. David Obey urged support for the amendment: “Now, last December the President indicated that it was his intention to follow a policy which would begin to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan beginning in July of 2011. This amendment is meant to simply buttress that commitment…What this amendment also says is, if the administration decides to follow a different policy by, for instance, extending that date, then they cannot do that unless the Congress explicitly votes to allow the funds to be used for that purpose.”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) urged opposition to the amendment: “…We are a nation at war. We have soldiers and Marines deployed halfway around the world. Many of them are in combat at this very hour facing a dangerous enemy. And yet we find ourselves here tonight questioning the very mission we've asked our troops to execute. What message does that send to them if they're watching us? …What message does it send to our enemies, people who would launch deadly attacks in our homeland as they've done in their homeland each and every day at an early opportunity.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 162-260. 153 Democrats – including a majority of progressives -- and 9 Republicans voted “yea.” 162 Republicans and 98 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result the House rejected an amendment to a war-funding bill that would have required the president to submit to Congress by April 4, 2011 a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The amendment would also have required the president to obtain approval from Congress for any change in Afghanistan policy that does not require a withdrawal of U.S. troops to begin by July 2011.

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