Hawaii’s U.S. representatives were on the losing side of a vote Thursday (May 17) in Congress that called for a quick end to combat operations in Afghanistan.
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