The House has surprisingly defeated the Iraq appropriations bill, thanks to a large bloc of Republicans, upset with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who voted “present” to show their displeasure.
The result was that the $162.5-billion appropriation failed 141-149.
Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner and Tom Petri and Democrat Ron Kind (!)voted for the appropriation, while Republican Paul Ryan joined Dems Gwen Moore, Tammy Baldwin, Steve Kagen and David Obey in voting no.
The Senate, of course, will put the money back in the bill and send it back to the House, with some deal likely to be made before all is said and done.
Before that happens, Ron Kind, the Democrat from LaCrosse who was the only Wisconsin Dem to vote for the appropriation, needs to hear from his constituents. Friday is Iraq Moratorium day. Maybe folks in his district could observe it by visiting or calling his office to ask him to join his colleagues and stop paying for this senseless bloodshed.
His office phone numbers: LaCrosse (608) 782-2558 Eau Claire(715) 831-9214