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House rejects Lee’s Iraq/Afghanistan amendments

By Josh Richman
Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 3:52 pm in Afghanistan, Barbara Lee, Iraq, Iraq War, U.S. House.

Rep. Barbara Lee is among lawmakers moving to ensure America doesn’t get sucked back into war in Iraq or Afghanistan, but all of her proposals were rejected Thursday and Friday.

Lee, D-Oakland, on Thursday introduced four amendments to the 2015 Pentagon budget bill. One would specify that no money in the bill can be used for deploying troops on the ground in Iraq; this failed on a 165-250 vote late Thursday.

Another prohibits funding for use of force under the 2002 authorization that Congress gave for military action in Iraq; this failed on a 182-231 vote late Thursday.

The third prohibits funding for combat operations in Afghanistan after December, the time at which President Obama said the U.S. combat mission there would end. This failed Friday on a 153-260 vote.

And the fourth prohibits funding under the use of force Congress approved in September 2001; this failed on a 157-260 vote late Thursday. Lee famously was the sole vote against the 2001 authorization for use of military force.

“We must not let history repeat itself in Iraq,” Lee had said on the House floor Thursday. “Because the reality is there is no military solution in Iraq.

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  • Elwood

    Josh, this is the second time recently that “sofenza” has posted spam.

  • Elwood

    Bobbie Lee just can’t get no respect!

  • RRSenileColumnist

    The Conscience of Telegraph Ave. speaks! If she and her distinguished predecessor, Prof. Dellums, had their way, our state would be consecrated to the memory of Mao Zedong