What: All Issues : War & Peace : (H.R. 2219) On an amendment that would have required the president to withdraw all but 25,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012 (2011 house Roll Call 503)
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(H.R. 2219) On an amendment that would have required the president to withdraw all but 25,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012
house Roll Call 503     Jul 07, 2011
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) that would have required the president to withdraw all but 25,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by December 31, 2012. This amendment was offered to legislation providing annual funding for Defense Department programs.

Garamendi urged support for his amendment: “The Afghan Study Group, Richard Haas and many others who are very familiar with the Afghanistan war and the way in which it is being conducted have suggested that by the end of 2012, America should have no more than 25,000 troops in Afghanistan and then further, wind down the war in 2013 to 10,000 troops focused on terrorists, focused on al Qaeda….this amendment is to accomplish that goal, to wind down the war in a responsible way over the next 18 months so that at the end of the 18 months--that would be December 31, 2012--that there'd be no more than 25,000 troops in Afghanistan…. We're losing a lot of Americans, and even more Afghans are dying. We're not going to be able to solve this with troops on the ground.”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)—the only Republican to address this amendment—spoke only briefly. He said: “We oppose this amendment…It would be highly disruptive to our troops and, I think, put them at great risk for their personal safety. So we oppose the amendment.”

The House rejected Garamendi’s amendment by a vote of 133-295. Voting “yea” were 120 Democrats—including a majority of progressives—and 13 Republicans. 225 Republicans and 70 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have required the president to withdraw all but 25,000 troops from Afghanistan by December 31, 2012.

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