The amendment to a defense appropriations bill, introduced by Democrat Barbara Lee of California, would have limited war funding to the “safe and orderly withdrawal” of troops and military contractors. The vote was 303-113, with 101 Democrats (including Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa) and 12 Republicans voting in the minority.
Excerpt from a news report on the vote:
Lee argued on the House floor, “It is time to say enough is enough. With almost 2,000 United States 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 must end.”
But Republicans countered that the California Democrat’s amendment amounted to “getting out now” and could result in opening up the United States again to a terrorist attack.
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