17 June 2009

They Voted for You: War Funding

U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-1st, and Nick Rahall, D-3rd, helped pass funding legislation that The Associated Press described as "a major step in providing commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan the money they would need for military operations in the coming months."

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, voted against the measure along with all but five of the House GOP members present for the 226-202 roll call.

AP explains that "anti-war Democrats opposed continued war spending and Republicans condemned $5 billion in the measure to secure a $108 billion U.S. line of credit to the International Monetary Fund for loans to poor countries."

"The $106 billion measure, in addition to about $80 billion for military operations, provides for an array of other spending priorities, including $7.7 billion to respond to the flu pandemic and more than $10 billion in development and security aid for Pakistan and Iraq as well as countries such as Mexico and the nation of Georgia," the article said.

1 comment:

Anne Lieberman said...

Thank you for your vote, Shelley!

No doubt the reason so many Republicans voted against this was the OUTRAGEOUS inclusion of $5 BILLION for the International Monetary Fund -- some of which could end up in the hands of TERRORIST-SUPPORTING REGIMES SUCH AS IRAN.

The IMF has historically had a big hand in funding the Palestinians (including HAMAS) to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Salam Fayyad, the presently appointed (not elected) "prime minister" of the Palestinian Authority, worked for the IMF from 1987 until 2001, when Yasser Arafat appointed him Finance Minister for the PA.

Coincidentally, the taxes that Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner neglected to pay 2001-2003 were charged against his income at... you guessed it... the International Monetary Fund. As it so happens, Geithner was the Treasury line officer who wrote the IMF program for Indonesia in 1997-98.

You remember Indonesia, it the world's largest Muslim population and the country where Barry Soetoro spent four years as a self-described "Jakarta street kid" (NY Times 3/6/2007)and attended an Islamic madrassa.

But then I shouldn't have to tell an AP reporter all this. After all, you get paid to be curious, do the pertinent research and inform the public. I don't.