Will Blue Dog Democrats Fund Terrorism?

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act, this week.  The intended purpose of the bill was to provide another supplemental appropriation for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, but Barack Obama intends to funnel billions of dollars to the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”).

As bad as that is, there’s worse: the IMF intends to bail out nationalized European banks and various third world governments, including Iran.

In a letter obtained by dated March 31, 2009, Blue Dog Democrat Brad Sherman of California, wrote to the President recounted a conversation the two men had the day before regarding "the need to prevent funding from the G-20 package from going to Iran."

According to Sherman’s letter, "[T]he World Bank has been providing assistance to Iran throughout this decade, and continues to do so as we speak. From 2000-2005, some $1.35 billion was approved for Iran in nine separate loan packages."  Further, Sherman insisted, "Iran should not receive any benefits from any of the institutions — World Bank, IMF or any other multilateral institution — that will be utilized by the G-20 to assist with the global recovery while Tehran insists on violating United Nations Security Council Resolutions concerning its nuclear program."

The full text of Brad Sherman’s letter is here (PDF).

Despite Sherman pointing out legislation needed to be structured to “prevent funding from the G-20 package . . . going to Iran,” the Obama administration failed to do so.  Unfortunately for Sherman, not all the other Blue Dogs in the House are lining up with him to oppose H.R. 2346.  

On September 25, 2007, the entire Blue Dog caucus in the House supported H.R. 1400, the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007. The legislation would have prevented Iran from joining the World Trade Organization, imposed economic sanctions on the nation including banning the import of all goods originating from Iran, and prevented Iranian access to American money through third party organizations like the IMF.

In other words, in 2007, the Blue Dogs were happy to stand united in opposition to Iran.  This year, however, they are not.  Compound that with their knowledge that Iran is getting IMF funding and Barack Obama agreed with Brad Sherman that there is a need to prevent funding “from going to Iran” and they should have no reason to support H.R. 2346.

The legislation is coming up for a vote this week in the House of Representatives.  Below is a list of wavering Democrats, mostly Blue Dogs, who are leaning toward voting against H.R. 2346.  A phone call to them, encouraging a no vote on the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act, might be enough to hold the line on both using American tax dollars to bail out European banks and freezing IMF funding for Iran.

House Republicans intend to vote as a block against the legislation.  They only need 35 Democrats to vote with them.  Numerous left-wing outlets online report the Republicans are within five Democrat votes of killing the legislation.

Bright, Bobby (AL-02) 202-225-2901
Griffith, Parker (AL-05) 202-225-4801
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08) 202-225-2542
Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05) 202-225-2190
Berry, Marion (AR-01) 202-225-4076
Ross, Mike (AR-04) 202-225-3772
Baca, Joe (CA-43) 202-225-6161
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18) 202-225-6131
Costa, Jim (CA-20) 202-225-3341
Harman, Jane (CA-36) 202-225-8220
Thompson, Mike (CA-01) 202-225-3311
Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47) 202-225-2965
Schiff, Adam (CA-29) 202-225-4176
Salazar, John (CO-03) 202-225-4761
Boyd, Allen (FL-02) 202-225-5235
Barrow, John (GA-12) 202-225-2823
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02) 202-225-3631
Marshall, Jim (GA-03) 202-225-6531
Scott, David (GA-13) 202-225-2939
Minnick, Walt (ID-01) 202-225-6611
Donnelly, Joe (IN-02) 202-225-3915
Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08) 202-225-4636
Hill, Baron (IN-09) 202-225-5315
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03) 202-225-3806
Moore, Dennis (KS-03) 202-225-2865
Chandler, Ben (KY-06) 202-225-4706
Melancon, Charlie (LA-03) 202-225-4031
Michaud, Mike (ME-02) 202-225-6306
Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01) 202-225-5311
Peterson, Collin (MN-07) 202-225-2165
Childers, Travis (MS-01) 202-225-4306
Taylor, Gene (MS-04) 202-225-5772
New York
Arcuri, Mike (NY-24) 202-225-3665
North Carolina
McIntyre, Mike (NC-07) 202-225-2731
Shuler, Heath (NC-11) 202-225-6401
North Dakota
Pomeroy, Earl (ND) 202-225-2611
Space, Zack (OH-18) 202-225-6265
Wilson, Charles (OH-06) 202-225-5705
Boren, Dan (OK-02) 202-225-2701
Altmire, Jason (PA-04) 202-225-2565
Carney, Christopher (PA-10) 202-225-3731
Holden, Tim (PA-17) 202-225-5546
Murphy, Patrick (PA-08) 202-225-4276
South Dakota
Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD) 202-225-2801
Cooper, Jim (TN-05) 202-225-4311
Davis, Lincoln (TN-04) 202-225-6831
Gordon, Bart (TN-06) 202-225-4231
Tanner, John (TN-08) 202-225-4714
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28) 202-225-1640
Matheson, Jim (UT-02) 202-225-3011
Nye, Glenn (VA-02) 202-225-4215