Thursday, May 14, 2009

51 House Democrats Vote Against Obama's Supplemental War Funding Request


They're Baaack. . . .

Kinder, Gentler Military Tribunals? You Betcha. . . .

Fifty-one House Democrats voted against President Obama's request for additional money to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The supplemental spending measure, H.R. 2346, allocates $81.3 billion for war-related expenditures and $15.4 billion for various other projects, including military construction and flu preparedness. Despite opposition among Democrats, the measure passed by a vote of 368-60. Nine Republicans also voted against the spending bill.

Many members of Congress have expressed concern that Obama's supplemental spending requests could fund the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States. According to recent news reports, the Obama administration is considering transferring certain Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States for detention.

In late April, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that between 50 and 100 detainees were too dangerous to release and too risky to prosecute (due to lack of admissible evidence). Rather than releasing the detainees or risking an acquittal (which would lead to a release), the government could possibly detain the individuals indefinitely, a move that would likely cause more tension between Obama and his liberal base.

In light of political opposition to the transfer of suspected terrorists to the United States,the House measure contains an amendment that precludes the use of the allocated funds to facilitate the relocation of inmates from Guantanamo Bay to points in the United States unless the President first submits a report to Congress detailing the national security impact of locating the transferees in the United States. The measure also requires the President to submit a general report on the disposition of each detainee later this year.

Roll Call
The Democratic "nays" include: John Conyers, Barney Frank (7 out of the 10 Massachusetts House Democrats voted against the measure), Luis Gutierrez, Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, and Maxine Waters.


Aeneas said...

Oh, dear...

This reminds me of a novel I read, a very long time ago, but still so vivid in my mind: it was titled Darkness At Noon, and the author, Kessler (can't recall his first name) had belonged to that generation in Britain who found their admiration in Soviet Union badly shaken up by the time WWII started. The novel he wrote is about a high level aparatchnick during the Stalin purges who ends up... purged. He is put in a cell but manages to communicate with the man in the other cell by tapping on the wall. To make a long story short, he discovers that the man in the other cell is an honest to goodness tzarist officer. He comments that he had thought all fo them dead. The ex-officer, when he finds out that his neighbor is a high level member of the Party and hierarchy ( and this is the point of my story) says (or rather taps with great glee): "So, the dogs are now eating each other."

I can hear the gleeful tapping between the GOP offices in the Senate and Congress.


Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Interesting analogy. Great to see you posting again!

denise b said...

Why am I not seeing Pelosi in the list?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Denise: These are the true anti-war Democrats.

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