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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:33 PM
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John McCain voted against funding the troops! Why does he hate 'Merca?
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 02:35 PM by jefferson_dem
This is a response to the sleazy RNC ad that smears Obama for "choosing Washington over our military." Seems McCain did just that with his shameful vote on H.R. 1591, As Amended; U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq.

Why does John McCain want to cut and run on our troops? Why does he hate 'Merca?

110th Congress / Senate / 1st session / Vote 126
Question: On Passage of the Bill
Bill: H R 1591
Vote description: H.R. 1591, As Amended; U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007
Vote type: 1/2 (Help)
A simple majority of those present and voting is required for approval or passage.
Result: Passed, 51-47, with 2 not voting.
Date/time: March 29, 2007, 10:36 a.m.
Republican majority opinion: No (Help)
The position of more than 50 percent of voting Republicans. "None" means an equal split between "Yes" and "No."
Democrat majority opinion: Yes (Help)
The position of more than 50 percent of voting Democrats. "None" means an equal split between "Yes" and "No."
Key Vote Analysis

This $122 billion war spending bill calls for combat troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq this summer. The 51-47 vote fell mostly along party lines. Two Republicans -- Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Gordon Smith of Oregon -- joined Democrats in support of the package, which would fund U.S. military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Democrats also attached language that would start troop withdrawals within 120 days of passage, with a March 31, 2008, goal for completing the process.

The bill addresses many unrelated issues. It offers funds for disaster relief and recovery stemming from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, funds influenza pandemic response programs, offers disaster assistance for livestock and crops, and makes appropriations to bolster Medicare and Medicaid.

It also requires the secretary of Defense to inspect military medical treatment facilities and housing. It prohibits the use of funds in this or any other act to change essential services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center until certain requirements are met.

It requires the Congressional Budget Office to report to appropriators on anticipated funds necessary for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to continue providing health care to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

It also requires the Coast Guard to exercise competition for contracts related to the Integrated Deepwater System Program.

Lastly, among many other things, it provides funds to assist Liberia, Jordan and Lebanon.

For ROLL CALL --- http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/senate/... /
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