Following three hours of intense debate, the House voted this evening 403-3 to reject a non-binding resolution to immediately withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.That's a decisive victory!
Responding to a call yesterday by Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania to withdraw troops from Iraq, House Republicans had scheduled a quick vote this evening to settle the issue and put lawmakers on the record.Because, even though it's what they've been saying to the crowds of people who hang on their every word, it's a political stunt to take them at their word, and say, in effect, "put up or shut up".
The Republican alternative read: "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately." It was proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter of California.
Democrats accused Republicans of changing the meaning of Murtha's proposal. The Democrat hawk has said a smooth withdrawal would take six months.
House GOP leaders expected a swift rejection and that, indeed did occur.
Democrats argued the vote was a political stunt but rallied to vote against it to diminish its significance.
Oh, that they only would.
Although I'm from Ohio, I was not familiar with the record of Rep. Schmidt:
During the House session late this afternoon, Democrats erupted in anger when Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio quoted Ohio state Rep. Danny Bubp, a Marine Corps Reserve officer.I may have to move back, just to vote for her.
"He asked me to send Congress a message 'Stay the course,'" she said, "he also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that 'Cowards cut and run. Marines never do.'"
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