What: All Issues : War & Peace : US Intervention in Afghanistan and/or Pakistan : (H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have limited funding for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan during 2011 to $10 billion. This amendment was offered to a continuing resolution funding the federal government through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs. (2011 house Roll Call 91)
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have limited funding for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan during 2011 to $10 billion. This amendment was offered to a continuing resolution funding the federal government through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.
house Roll Call 91     Feb 18, 2011
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that would have limited funding for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan during 2011 to $10 billion. This amendment was offered to a continuing resolution funding the federal government through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.

Nadler urged support for his amendment: “This amendment states that not more than $10 billion of the funds made available by the [underlying] bill may be used for military operations in Afghanistan. The intent is clear: It is time to bring U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan to an end and to bring our troops home. The war effort in Afghanistan is no longer serving its purpose of enhancing the security of the United States, which should be our goal. We were attacked on 9/11 by al Qaeda. Al Qaeda had bases in Afghanistan. It made sense to go in and destroy those bases. And we did. We have every right, we have every duty to destroy bases which are being used to plot against the United States. But the CIA tells us that there are now fewer than 100 al Qaeda personnel in all of the country of Afghanistan.”

Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) opposed the amendment: “I'm not going to debate the issue of the war in Afghanistan. The fact is we're there, our soldiers are getting hurt every day, and too many of them are dying. So we're not going to debate that particular part of the war. What we're going to debate is this amendment. I've said…a number of times, we're not going to do anything in this defense appropriations bill in the savings that would have an adverse effect on the war fighter. This amendment would affect the war fighter, especially those in Afghanistan.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 98-331. Voting “yea” were 91 Democrats—including a majority of progressives—and 7 Republicans. 232 Republicans and 99 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have limited funding for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan during 2011 to $10 billion.

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