This was an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) with other members that would have required the president to use Afghanistan war funds exclusively for the purposes of withdrawing U.S. troops from that country. The amendment was offered to a war-funding bill.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) urged support for the amendment: “My amendment…would prevent any escalation or any ongoing combat operation in Afghanistan and limit the funding to the safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops and military contractors from Afghanistan. It is critical to understand that this amendment would provide for the safety of our troops, civilian personnel, and contractors while troop withdrawal takes place. It does not allow funding for ongoing combat operations or for this escalation. It is not a cut-and-run amendment. It would not leave our troops stranded in harm's way.”
Republicans criticized Lee’s amendment, as well as other amendments to limit military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) said: “I am opposed to all of these amendments that we are considering because none of them do anything to support our troops in the field, which is what this bill is supposed to be all about. These amendments are not good, and it's just a real shame that we are not considering the needs of our troops who are deployed, to provide what it is that they need in order to accomplish the mission that we sent them to accomplish and to protect themselves while they're doing it.”
The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 100-321. 93 Democrats – including a majority of progressives -- and 7 Republicans voted “yea.” 164 Republicans and 157 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment to a war-funding bill that would have required the president to use Afghanistan war funds exclusively for the purposes of withdrawing U.S. troops from that country.