Friday, June 16, 2006

A phony pro-war resolution passes

House Rejects Timetable for Iraq Pullout

The Associated Press
Friday, June 16, 2006; 1:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House on Friday handily rejected a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq, culminating a fiercely partisan debate between Republicans and Democrats feeling the public's apprehension about war and the onrushing midterm campaign season.

In a 256-153 vote that mirrored the position taken by the Senate earlier, the GOP-led House approved a nonbinding resolution that praises U.S. troops, labels the Iraq war part of the larger global fight against terrorism and says an "arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" of troops is not in the national interest.
Regrettably, Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind was one of 54 Dems who supported this phony baloney. The rest of the delegation went along party lines, but F. Jim Sensenbrenner did not vote. Probably off globe-trotting somewhere. Roll call.

Wisconsin's delegation split 4-4, but not along party lines, as the House approved a blank check for Bush's wars. The Cap Times has harsh words for the four who voted yes -- Mark Green, Paul Ryan, Dave Obey, and Ron Kind. Interesting, because in debate Obey called it a huge expenditure for a misguided war. Roll call.


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