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Eighteen Senators Back Timetable for Afghanistan Withdrawal
Posted by Just Foreign Policy on May 27th, 2010

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Today eighteen Senators voted for Senator Feingold’s amendment to the war supplemental requiring the President to establish a timetable for the redeployment of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan. This could be a turning point in U.S. policy on the war in Afghanistan.

With this vote, the number of Senators on the record in support of the policy of establishing a timetable for military withdrawal just increased from two to eighteen: on Tuesday, Senator Boxer added her name to S.3197, Senator Feingold’s bill that would have the same effect.

The other sixteen Senators who voted yes were Baucus [D-MT]; Brown [D-OH]; Cantwell [D-WA]; Dorgan [D-ND]; Durbin [D-IL]; Gillibrand [D-NY]; Harkin [D-IA]; Leahy [D-VT]; Merkley [D-OR]; Murray [D-WA]; Sanders [I-VT]; Schumer [D-NY]; Specter [D-PA]; Tester [D-MT]; Udall [D-NM]; and Wyden [D-OR]. (Noteworthy votes against included Senator Franken and Senator Feinstein. Last September, Feinstein called for a specific date for the withdrawal of American forces.)

This "surge" in Senate support for a timetable for withdrawal should make it easier to build support in the House for a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the war supplemental, as it is expected to do after the Memorial Day recess.

Already, 92 Members of the House have co-sponsored H.R. 5015, Representative McGovern’s companion legislation requiring a timetable for withdrawal, including members of the House Democratic leadership, like Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. George Miller; if you add in Members who earlier this year supported Representative Kucinich’s withdrawal resolution, more than 100 Members of the House are already on the record in favor of a timetable for military withdrawal.

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  1. Cho Yung Tea says:

    i hope this they gone sort it out..

  2. fred says:

    Why is everyone so scared of islam. They are murderers. Stand up and fight em. What is wrong with you people? Wake up.

  3. I hope the whole world will live in peace in near time.

  4. Cho Yung says:

    Not sure if senators should be in control of war strategies.

  5. acai optimum says:

    i hope this they gone sort it out..

  6. Sencha says:

    very good post

  7. cho yung says:

    This is really sad, hopefully they come up with solution soon.

  8. 18 backed it so how many didn't?

  9. gynexin says:

    very good post

  10. Looking forward to the withdraw timetable!

  11. How to get washboard abs says:

    Well war is not something we need in times of economical crisis.

  12. I wonder what are the real reasons to even stay there at these times?

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