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Why Hastings opposed Afghanistan war funding bill…

by George Bennett | July 28th, 2010



U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, voted against a spending bill Tuesday to continue financing the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill passed 308-114, with Hastings and 101 other House Democrats going against the wishes of President Obama.

Palm Beach County’s other House members — Democrats Ted Deutch and Ron Klein and Republican Tom Rooney — supported the bill.

Hastings Chief of Staff Lale Mamaux on Hastings’ vote:

Congressman Hastings joined a majority of his colleagues from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in voting against the supplemental appropriations bill. The Senate version of the bill that the House passed was stripped of critical domestic and CBC priorities (i.e. funding for teachers, police, and fire fighters, Pell Grants, youth summer jobs, TANF Emergency Contingency Fund, and settlement funds for the decades-old discrimination Pigford and Cobell lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Ag).

Furthermore, as it pertains to Afghanistan the Congressman believes that it is past time that we re-examine our strategy in Afghanistan. He is a co-sponsor of H.R. 5015, to require a plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of US Forces from Afghanistan. The legislation was introduced by Congressman Jim McGovern on April 14, 2010.

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2 Responses to “Why Hastings opposed Afghanistan war funding bill…”

  1. Phyllis Says:

    Thank you Senators for not paying for the pork. Finally!!! I’m so sick of your pet projects being funded by WE THE PEOPLE. There is no reason for a military bill to have this junk in it. I agree that we need to re-examine our strategy in Afghanistan–starting now.

  2. Overtime Says:

    Don’t like the pork but like us spending much needed money in both Afganistan and Iraq. It is way past time to get out. Don’t care how – nothing to be gained – get out.

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