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Congress Throws Over $100 Billion More at War
These Eight Heroes Voted Against the Bill for the Right Reasons:
Kucinich; Lee; Lewis (GA); McNulty; Michaud; Waters; Watson; Woolsey.
This Democrat voted "present": Stark.
These two Democrats did not vote: Kanjorski (out sick), Watt (said he was delayed but wanted to vote Yes).
These six Democrats voted against the bill because they wanted it to be even worse:
Barrow; Boren; Davis, Lincoln; Marshall; Matheson; Taylor.
Full voting results.
FLOOR SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2007: Two hours of debate began at approx. 9:45 a.m. wih Rep. Obey defending funding in a war bill for spinach, etc., and then denouncing the Washington Post for criticizing it and (rightly) for promoting the war in the first place. At 9:55 Rep. Weldon defended the glorious liberation of Iraqis and denounced the spinach and peanut funding. Then Rep. Van Hollen promoted the bill as an anti-war bill. Then Rep. Hastert opposed the bill, claiming the supplemental should only be used for emergency funds (as if the fifth year of a war is an emergency); By adding in peanuts and spinach the Dems have allowed the Republicans to oppose the bill without even talking about the war. At 10:14 Kucinich spoke for 60 seconds and said that it was a false logic to claim we need to vote for war in order to have peace, that this vote will allow the war to go on and Bush to attack Iran. The crowd cheered and was reprimanded. Obey claimed he'd tried to allow Kucinich the opportunity to speak last night; Kucinich said he had not. Some of the Democrats supporting this fund-the-war bill are not just arguing for it as an anti-war bill but are speaking strongly against the war. Murtha continues to yell and speak passionately to the point of tears about the restrictions he's including in the bill -- restrictions the bill allows the President to waive, and restrictions the President has previously tossed out with a signing statement.
12:25 p.m. 15-minute vote has begun. Members of audience are shouting, and the chair has asked to have them removed.
12:42 p.m. Thus far 11 Dems have voted No, and 2 Repubs have voted Yes. The 11 Dems may include progressives and right-wingers.
12:44 p.m. Final vote: 218 to 212, 1 member voting "Present". The bill passes.
Two Republicans joined 216 Democrats in passing the bill. 14 Democrats voted against the bill. One Democrat voted "Present." Two Democrats and one Republican did not vote.
Some members of the House Progressive Caucus have previously stated they would vote against the Iraq supplemental unless it includes Lee's amendment (which it will not; no amendments are being permitted). But the House leadership is now pressuring them to back down. We need to find out quickly: where do Progressive Caucus members stand?
Working together with other anti-war groups, we are creating a whip list on this issue. Please take a moment to now to call one of the representatives in the "UNKNOWN" category below, and ask them:
Are you committed to voting NO on the current supplemental spending bill for Iraq if it doesn't include Barbara Lee's amendment for a fully funded withdrawal?
You can find the phone number of each progressive member here (scroll down). Or just call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected.
The aides answering the phone may know the answer; if not, ask to speak to their press secretary or legislative assistant for foreign policy.
Then, leave whatever answer they give you in comments below. We'll be continually checking and updating this list.
(You may also want to read "The Out Of Iraq Caucus Must Support Barbara Lee's 'Fully Funded Withdrawal' from Iraq" by Bob Fertik, and listen to a podcast with Rep. Lee.)
Are you committed to voting NO on the current "supplemental" spending bill for Iraq if it doesn't include Barbara Lee's amendment for a fully funded withdrawal?
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (leaning No, Politico, told Ann Wright 3/22 she will vote No)
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (no, solidly confirmed)
Rep. Barbara Lee (no, solidly confirmed)
Rep. Maxine Waters (no, solidly confirmed)
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (no, solidly confirmed)
Rep. John Lewis (via comments, may vote "Present," Politico, given Backbone Award for commitment to vote No)
Rep. Diane Watson (The Hill, Politico says she supports Lee amendment, but that doesn't tell us how she will vote on supplemental; more comments indicate she's a definite No)
Rep. Pete Stark (The Hill, Politico, telling people he's undecided, told media he'll vote No, told Jodie Evans 3/22 he'll vote No)
Rep. Donald Payne (The Hill, via comments)
Rep. William "Lacy" Clay (via comments)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (via Sheila Jackson Lee, confirmed as very likely No by another source 3/22)
Rep. Keith Ellison (leaning: The Hill, leaning No Politico, telling people he's undecided)
Rep. Charles Rangel (via comments)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (The Hill, leaning No Politico)
Rep. Steve Cohen (The Hill, leaning No Politico)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (undecided but leaning No, Politico, also told Tina Richards she's leaning No, also backed Lee Amendment)
CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS VOTING NO FOR WRONG REASONS:
Rep. Dan Boren (leaning No, The Hill, says will vote no unless there's a timeline but some are claiming pelosi's bill counts as having a timeline, may actually be opposed to even a toothless timeline)
Rep. Jim Marshall (Politico, refuses to tell people how he will vote)
REPUBLICANS VOTING NO FOR RIGHT REASONS:
Rep. Ron Paul
Bobby Scott (undecided, Politico, telling people he's undecided)
Danny Davis (undecided but leaning yes, Politico; previously voting No, The Hill)
Bill Delahunt (undecided, via comments)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
VOTING YES (the coalition of the threatened and bribed)
Jim McDermott (voting yes, AP)
Rep. Edolphus Towns (The Hill, says he supports Lee's amendment but that doesn't tell us how he'll vote on supplemental, voting yes, Politico)
Rep. Al Wynn (wavering after promising to vote against given serious 2006 peace candidate challenge by Donna Edwards, voting yes, Politico)
James McGovern (spoke on floor 3/22, will vote Yes)
Peter Welch (Voting Yes, via comments, said on floor on 3/22 voting Yes)
Henry Waxman (Voting Yes to keep his chairmanship)
Louise Slaughter (Yes, via comments, spoke in favor on 3/22)
Hastings (Yes, spoke in favor on 3/22)
Rep. Neil Abercrombie (The Hill)
Rep. Michael Arcuri (The Hill)
Rep. Melissa Bean (The Hill)
Rep. Nancy Boyda (The Hill)
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (The Hill)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (The Hill, sold out for pork: Politico spoke in favor on 3/22)
Rep. Chet Edwards (The Hill)
Rep. Sam Farr (via comments)
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (The Hill)
Rep. Phil Hare (The Hill)
Rep. Tim Mahoney (leaning: The Hill)
Rep. Mazie Hirono (leaning: The Hill)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (The Nation and via comments)
Rep. Steve Kagen (The Hill)
Rep. Tom Lantos (The Hill)
Rep. John Larson (The Hill)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (The Hill)
Rep. Jerry McNearney (from comments, confirmed Yes; note: this guy got elected on peace platform)
Rep. George Miller
Rep. Chris Murphy (The Hill)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (The Hill, and via comments: Yes)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (The Nation)
Rep. John Olver (via comments)
Rep. Frank Pallone (via comments)
Rep. John Salazar (The Hill)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (via comments and media)
Rep. Jose Serrano (The Nation)
Rep. Joe Sestak (via media)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (The Hill spoke in favor on 3/22)
Rep. Tim Walz (The Hill)
Rep. Charlie Wilson (The Hill)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (leaning Yes, via comments)
Rep. John Conyers (via comments)
Rep. Bruce Braley (via comments)
Rep. Jim Moran (via comments)
Rep. Ed Markey
Matsui (spoke in favor on 3/22)
Cardoza (spoke in favor on 3/22)
Castor (spoke in favor on 3/22)
Pascrell (spoke in favor on 3/22)