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Not without a fight, the GOP-led House passed the $87 billion for Iraq. Many Dems supported the invation, but threatened to block the needed funding.

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Roll Call: House’s Approval of $87 Billion for Iraq and Afghanistan

Not without a fight, the GOP-led House passed the $87 billion for Iraq. Many Dems supported the invation, but threatened to block the needed funding.

On October 30, by a vote of 298 to 121, the House approved President Bush’s request for an $87-billion spending package for the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The vote was on the version of the emergency supplemental military appropriations bill (H.R. 3289) agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators. The Senate passed an identical bill days later, and President Bush signed it (November 6.)

“It has been said that there is no exit strategy, and that there is no plan,” Rep. Bill Young (R.-Fla.) said of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. “The fact is, there is an exit strategy, and that is to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan so that our troops can exit and exit safely, and so that the people of Iraq can have a quality of life. They did not have a quality of life prior to the United States liberating that nation from the tentacles of Saddam Hussein, who had destroyed millions of his own people in one way or another, who had gone to war with his neighbor in Iran, who has invaded Kuwait, and who threatened Saudi Arabia.”

Speaking of the Iraq invasion, Young subtly ribbed House Democrats for supporting the invasion, then threatening to block funding for reconstruction.

“I think we will find in the long range that this is going to be beneficial to the world,” he said.

Young pointed out that $65 billion of the $87 billion in the bill was going directly to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq-to pay them and pay for their weapons. The bill, he said, also forbade use of U.S. funds to pay interest or principal on debt incurred by Saddam Hussein. He added that the bill had other pro-soldier provisions. “Remember the outrage that we all expressed when we found out that soldiers, wounded in battle, in a military hospital, were charged $8.10 a day for the food that they consumed while in the hospital?” he asked. “This bill fixes it permanently. And it makes it retroactive, so anybody who was billed for their food while recovering from battle wounds will get their money back if they paid those charges.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) argued against the bill. “[I]t is not a question as to whether we support the troops,” Pelosi said of her opposition to paying and arming them while they are in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Democrats offered an alternative that would have spent an additional $4.6 billion to protect U.S. forces and converted half of the reconstruction loans to loans through the World Bank, thereby costing U.S. taxpayers less, avoiding an increase in the deficit, and encouraging greater international participation.”

President Bush issued a veto threat against that Democratic alternative because it would have transferred so much power to the World Bank, whose dramatic failures in building economies are well known-as in Argentina, for example.

Some Republicans who supported the war have also noted that it would only fuel anti-American sentiment if the U.S. demands repayment for reconstruction. After imposing sanctions for years and then invading the country, they have said, it is America’s responsibility to rebuild and get commitments from other countries-like France and Germany-to forgive Iraqi debt incurred by Saddam Hussein.

A “yes” vote was a vote for President Bush’s request of $87 billion for reconstruction and continued operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A “no” vote was a vote against the bill.

FOR THE BILL: 298 AGAINST THE BILL: 121
REPUBLICANS FOR: 216
Aderholt
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Beauprez
Bereuter
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, V.
Burgess
Burns
Burr
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Castle
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole
Collins
Cox
Crane
Crenshaw
Cubin
Culberson
Cunningham
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
DeLay
DeMint
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Dreier
Dunn
Ehlers
Emerson
English
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Flake
Foley
Forbes
Fossella
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gingrey
Goode
Goodlatte
Goss
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Gutknecht
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hobson
Hoekstra
Hostettler
Houghton
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Issa
Istook
Janklow
Jenkins
Johnson, Sam
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Latham
Leach
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lucas (OK)
Manzullo
McCrery
McHugh
McInnis
McKeon
Mica
Miller, Gary
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Musgrave
Myrick
Nethercutt
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Oxley
Pence
Peterson (PA)
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Pombo
Porter
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Saxton
Schrock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shaw
Shays
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Smith (MI)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Sweeney
Tancredo
Tauzin
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Toomey
Turner (OH)
Upton
Vitter
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR: 82
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Berkley
Berman
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Boyd
Cardin
Cardoza
Carson (IN)
Carson (OK)
Cooper
Cramer
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (TN)
Dicks
Dooley (CA)
Edwards
Emanuel
Engel
Etheridge
Filner
Ford
Frost
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green (TX)
Hall
Hill
Hinojosa
Holden
Hooley (OR)
Hoyer
Israel
John
Kennedy (RI)
Kind
Lampson
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Levin
Lipinski
Lowey
Lucas (KY)
Lynch
Maloney
Marshall
Matheson
McCarthy (NY)
McIntyre
McNulty
Mollohan
Moore
Murtha
Neal (MA)
Ortiz
Pascrell
Peterson (MN)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Reyes
Rodriguez
Ross
Rothman
Ruppersberger
Sabo
Sanchez, Loretta
Sandlin
Scott (GA)
Skelton
Snyder
Spratt
Stenholm
Tanner
Tauscher
Taylor (MS)
Turner (TX)
Visclosky

REPUBLICANS AGAINST: 5
Duncan
LaTourette
Otter
Paul
Petri

DEMOCRATS AGAINST: 115
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Baird
Baldwin
Becerra
Bell
Berry
Boswell
Boucher
Brady (PA)
Brown, Corrine
Brown (OH)
Capps
Capuano
Clay
Clyburn
Conyers
Costello
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (AL)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Deutsch
Dingell
Doggett
Doyle
Eshoo
Evans
Farr
Fattah
Frank (MA)
Grijalva
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Hinchey
Hoeffel
Holt
Honda
Inslee
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kleczka
Kucinich
Larson (CT)
Lee
Lewis (GA)
Lofgren
Majette
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy (MO)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller, George
Moran (VA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pastor
Payne
Pelosi
Rahall
Rangel
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Schakowsky
Schiff
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Solis
Stark
Strickland
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Towns
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Van Hollen
Velazquez
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn

INDEPENDENTS AGAINST: 1
Sanders

NOT VOTING: 15

REPUBLICANS (7): DEMOCRATS (8): INDEPENDENTS (0)
Akin
Boehlert
Bradley (NH)
Fletcher
McCotter
Pearce
Young (AK)
Ballance
Blumenauer
Case
Gephardt
Gutierrez
Miller (NC)
Sanchez, Linda
Stupak
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