What: All Issues : War & Peace : US Intervention in Afghanistan and/or Pakistan : (H.R. 2219) On an amendment that would have cut $200 million from a program that funds infrastructure projects (such the building of roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, etc.) in Afghanistan
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(H.R. 2219) On an amendment that would have cut $200 million from a program that funds infrastructure projects (such the building of roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, etc.) in Afghanistan
house Roll Call 507     Jul 07, 2011
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N = Progressive
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) that would have cut $200 million from a program that funds infrastructure projects (such as the building of roads, schools, bridges, electrical grids, etc.) in Afghanistan. This amendment was offered to legislation providing annual funding for Defense Department programs.

Cohen urged support for his amendment: “According to the World Bank, 97 percent of Afghanistan's gross domestic product is derived from military funding and foreign assistance--97 percent. If we build a vast infrastructure in Afghanistan, they will not be able to sustain it after we leave. The American people should not have to fund that infrastructure while sitting in traffic in our own nation, in gridlock, seeing schools in disrepair, hospitals that can't provide services, and watching our own infrastructure crumble--infrastructure that can create and does create jobs carrying goods to market and providing jobs in America.”

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) opposed Cohen’s amendment: “ Visible development projects increases the Afghan Government's legitimacy in relation to the Taliban, especially since these projects are conducted in areas vulnerable to Taliban influence. Furthermore, economic development increases security in Afghanistan by providing jobs for former insurgents and building markets for alternative crops to opium, thus reducing corruption.”

The House rejected Cohen’s amendment by a vote of 210-217. Voting “yea” were 149 Democrats—including a majority of progressives—and 61 Republicans. 176 Republicans and 41 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have cut $200 million from a program that funds infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.

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