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(H. Con. Res 301) Legislation directing the president to remove U.S. troops from Pakistan – On the resolution setting a time limit for debate and prohibiting amendments to the measure
house Roll Call 470     Jul 27, 2010
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on a resolution setting a time limit for debate and prohibiting amendments to legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. troops from Pakistan. The United States had been carrying out military operations in Pakistan as part of its ongoing anti-terrorism efforts. (The Taliban and other militant groups had been operating out of Pakistan as well as Afghanistan.)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the sponsor of the resolution, urged members to support it. He argued that American involvement in Pakistan would prove fruitless if the Pakistani government did not take steps to fight extremists within its own country: “…Americans are increasingly weary of this costly war. If Mr. Obama cannot persuade Islamabad to cut its ties to, and then aggressively fight, the extremists in Pakistan, there is no hope of defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) argued that by passing a measure requiring the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Pakistan, Congress could undermine the war effort: “...For the sake of our troops in Afghanistan and for the sake of stability and security in a critical region, we must remain engaged with the democratically elected government in Islamabad. This engagement takes a number of different forms. While we have no combat troops in Pakistan, our military commanders have been building relationships with their Pakistani counterparts. Particularly, as Pakistan continues to go on the offensive against insurgent groups in the tribal border region, the technical advisory role of our military is a very limited yet a very important one.”

The House agreed to the resolution setting a time limit for debate and prohibiting amendments to the Pakistan measure by a vote of 222-196. 217 Democrats – including a majority of progressives -- and 5 Republicans voted “yea.” 165 Republicans and 31 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House proceeded to formal floor debate on legislation directing the president to remove U.S. troops from Pakistan.

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