RECENT VOTES

Supplemental Appropriations

On Tuesday the House passed the Conference Report for H.R. 2346: Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009. As you may recall, when this legislation first came before the House last month I voted against it. Despite that first NO vote, I carefully considered whether enough had changed to garner my support. After much reflection, I came to the conclusion that it did not. I still don't think that H.R. 2346 gets us closer to ending these conflicts.

As I have stated in the past, I am convinced that President Obama will change the course of the wars and I thought about supporting this bill to demonstrate that I believe he will focus on a new strategy. In the final analysis, I realized that I still have too many unanswered questions over how we will bring an end to these conflicts. I do think that this Administration will work hard to answer the questions many of us have and continue focusing on a strategy that starts bringing our men and women in uniform home.

I voted NO. H.R. 2346 passed and is expected to be signed by the President. The entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

221

32

0

3

REPUBLICAN

5

170

0

3

TOTAL

226

202

0

6

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

6

4

0

0