On Thursday afternoon, an overwhelming majority in the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the $96.7 billion Supplemental Appropriations bill, despite great constituent pressure to vote against war funding.
The spending measure provides over $84 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and increases U.S. involvement in Pakistan.
A sickening vote!
368 Congress members voted for more war funding, escalating U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and maintaining a high level of U.S. troops in Iraq through Sept. 30, 2009. Only 60 Representatives (including 9 Republicans) voted against more money for military occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Next week, a vote on the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill is expected in the full Senate, after the Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a $91.3 billion version of the war-funding bill.
Please tell your Senators to vote "NO" on funding devastating U.S. wars.
Click here to see the House of Representatives roll call vote tally on the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill.
C-SPAN coverage of House Debate on War Appropriations ~ May 14, 2009
(1 hour 15 minutes)
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey speaks against war funding ~ May 14, 2009
Amidst this tragedy in Congress today, an excellent article by David Smith-Ferri was published. Be sure to read "A New Way"
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