Important Afghanistan Amendment Fails Narrowly in the House of Representatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2011
CONTACT:
Bridget Nolan , Outreach Coordinator, 202.546.0795, ext. 2113, bnolan@clw.org

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, “Although we are disappointed the amendment did not pass—it is the most votes thus far on a piece of legislation to end the war in Afghanistan.�

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 “aye� and only eight Democrats voted “no.�

“We’re making progress,� explained Isaacs. “This 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.�

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