What: All Issues : War & Peace : (H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have eliminated $1.5 billion in funding for the Iraqi police. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs. (2011 house Roll Call 48)
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have eliminated $1.5 billion in funding for the Iraqi police. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.
house Roll Call 48     Feb 16, 2011
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) that would have eliminated $1.5 billion in funding for the Iraqi police. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.

Holt urged support for his amendment: “If we are going to be cutting Pell Grants [for low-income college students] and energy research and heating assistance for families here in the United States, we certainly should take a hard look at Pentagon spending as well. Would taxpayers want their dollars to go to pay for Iraqi police on the streets of Baghdad when we are cutting funding for police in Trenton, New Jersey, and other cities and towns across our nation?”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) urged opposition to the amendment: “The Iraqi Security Forces [the Iraqi police] Fund is required to enable the Iraqi Security Forces to reach minimum essential capabilities. These capabilities will allow those forces to maintain internal security with police forces in the lead and defense forces in support while building foundational capabilities for the Iraqi military forces to provide external defense prior to U.S. forces' departure on 31 December 2011.This is our nation's commitment, our President's commitment, our Commander-in-Chief's commitment.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 133-299. Voting “yea” were 117 Democrats—including a majority of progressives—and 16 Republicans. 224 Republicans and 75 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have eliminated $1.5 billion in funding for the Iraqi police.

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