What: All Issues : War & Peace : US Intervention in Afghanistan and/or Pakistan : (H.R. 2219) On an amendment that would have eliminated 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 eliminated a program that funds infrastructure projects (such the building of roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, etc.) in Afghanistan
house Roll Call 508     Jul 07, 2011
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N = Progressive
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) that would have eliminated 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. Specifically, Cicilline’s amendment would have cut the entire $475 million allocation for the Afghanistan infrastructure program provided by the underlying Defense bill.

Cicilline urged support for his amendment: “Budgets are a reflection of our priorities. Are we going to pay down our Nation's debt? Are we going to make the much needed investments in our own roads and bridges and ports? Are we going to protect our seniors? Are we going to ensure that access to college remains affordable? If we continue to spend billions and billions of dollars in Afghanistan, then we cannot have a balanced discussion of these priorities and these choices. As we debate the merits of raising the debt ceiling and as we consider our domestic priorities, I urge my colleagues to support my amendment, which strikes $475 million from nation-building in Afghanistan in order to keep those dollars right here at home--to invest in our future and to reduce our debt.”

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) opposed Cicilline’s amendment: “Whatever it costs to fight in Afghanistan, whatever it has cost to fight in Iraq over the past 8 years or whatever, I understand those are big numbers; but we are looking forward as to how we push the Afghan security system to a point where they can take care of themselves and, in fact, begin to run their country as they should.”

The House rejected Cicilline’s amendment by a vote of 145-283. Voting “yea” were 101 Democrats—including a majority of progressives—and 44 Republicans. 194 Republicans and 89 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House voted to maintain a program that funds infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.

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