RECENT VOTES

The Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

July 12, 2007

On Thursday, July 12, the House considered H.R. 2956: the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act. Democrats continue the push to end this war and start bringing our men and women in uniform home. H.R. 2956 is another step in that process. It stipulates that troop redeployment begin within 120 days of enactment and be completed by April 1, 2008. The bill also requires the President to present Congress with a comprehensive strategy for Iraq by January 1, 2008 and submit regular progress reports every ninety days after that.

As regular readers of my e-update know, this legislation does not go far enough for me. I am looking for troop withdrawal to begin as soon as safely practical and an end to the war in Iraq. In May I had an opportunity to vote for this course of action, but there were not enough votes in the House to pass it. However, concern over the President's policies in Iraq continues to grow and we are slowly gaining votes. Although this bill does not go far enough for me, I voted for it because it represents the best chance, at least today, of changing course in Iraq. H.R. 2956 passed in the House and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

219

10

0

2

REPUBLICAN

4

191

0

6

TOTAL

223

201

0

8

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

9

0

0

0

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