FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2011
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Washington D.C.--Today, the House voted by a narrow 204-215 against the amendment offered by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) requiring the President to establish a timeline for the transition of U.S. military operations to the government of Afghanistan.
John Isaacs, Executive Director of Council for a Livable World stated, â€œAlthough we are disappointed the amendment did not passâ€”it is the most votes thus far on a piece of legislation to end the war in Afghanistan.â€�
A similar amendment last year was defeated 162-260 where nine Republicans voted for the amendment and 98 democrats voted against it. Today, 26 Republicans voted â€œayeâ€� and only eight Democrats voted â€œno.â€�
â€œWeâ€™re making progress,â€� explained Isaacs. â€œThis year, Democrats are more united against the war than ever before, 96% of the House democrats voted for this amendment and the Republican vote almost tripled.â€�