Newsflash! U.S. House of Representatives' House Resolution 861 passed this morning with flying colors...!
Unfortunately 149 Democrats voted not to stay the course in Iraq, as did 1 Independent. Five sat on the fence and voted "present." And, for some mysterious reason, 19 House members did not vote. Could be because it's Friday.
Frankly, I don't believe anything short of personal illness or a death in the family should have kept anyone from voting on this most critical issue of our time. Like you, I would have dragged myself there to vote in support of our troops, the War Against Terror, the new Iraqi government, and staying the course until the government, security forces and infrastructure are on solid ground as to governance, functioning and protecting their own country, resources and people.
The 153 defectors, including abstainers and fence-sitters who voted "present," could find that their decisions will come back to haunt them when voters go to the polls in their home districts come November.
"FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 288
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined) H-RES 861 YEA-AND-NAY 16-Jun-2006 11:17 AM QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Declaring that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary"
Republicans: 214 Democrats: 42 Independents: 0 Voting Present: 3 Not Voting: 12
Republicans: 3 Democrats: 149 Independents: 1 Voting Present: Not Voting: 7
Yeas: 256 Nays: 153 Present: 5 Not Voting: 19
For the list referred to above as to who voted and how they voted, go to the following link:
clerk.house.gov, a link I came across courtesy of Drudge Report.