113 in House Vote to End War on Afghanistan -- How Many Will Vote Against the NDAA?
Lee amendment for swift withdrawal from Afghanistan falls short in House vote
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced an amendment to H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that would bring about a responsible and immediate end to the war in Afghanistan. The amendment would end combat operations at the same time it protects troops by requiring that any dollar directed to Afghanistan could only be spent for the safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors. The amendment did not pass the House (113-303).
“The American people have overwhelmingly come to the conclusion that our brave men and women in uniform have accomplished all that we have asked of them and it is time to bring them home from Afghanistan,” said Congresswoman Lee. “My amendment provided Members of the House the opportunity to stand squarely with the war-weary American people. I am disappointed that a majority of House Members did not stand with seven out of ten Americans who oppose the war in Afghanistan.”
On Wednesday, Congresswoman Lee was joined by 100 Members of the House, including five Republicans, in sending a letter to President Obama urging an expedited withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan n advance of the NATO summit.
“Our brave troops have done everything that was asked of them,” said Congresswoman Lee. “With almost two thousand U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan, and many tens of thousands more maimed with injuries both hidden and visible, we must recognize that the boots on the ground strategy in Afghanistan is not working. After 11 long years of war, I will continue to work to bring the troops home from Afghanistan.”
Today’s House Floor speech: here
Link to letter to President Obama: here
Text of the Lee Amendment:
AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4310, AS REPORTED
OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA
At the end of subtitle B of title XII of division A of the bill, add the following:
Sec. 12xx. LIMITATION ON FUNDS FOR OPERATIONS OF THE ARMED FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN.
(a) IN GENERAL --- Funds made available to carry out this Act for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated an expended only for purpose of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan.
(b) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION --- Nothing in this section shall be construed –
(1) To authorize the use of funds for the continuation of combat operations in Afghanistan while carrying out the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan; and
(2) To prohibit or otherwise restrict the use of funds available to any department or agency of the United States to carry out diplomatic efforts or humanitarian, development, or general reconstruction activities in Afghanistan.