Legislators Split Over Funding for Iraq, Afghanistan

Published October 24, 2003, issue of October 24, 2003.

Jewish Democrats in Congress were deeply divided by President Bush’s call for $87 billion in emergency funding for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Emergency supplementary appropriation bills for Iraq and Afghanistan passed the House of Representatives October 17 by a vote of 303-125 and the Senate the same day by a margin of 87-12.

The appropriation enjoyed overwhelming support from Republicans in both houses of Congress, but was opposed by many House Democrats. A total of 118 House Democrats voted against the measure and only 83 in favor.

Jewish House Democrats were somewhat more supportive of the appropriation than their party caucus, voting 13-11 in favor. In the Senate, Democrats voted solidly in support of the appropriation 37-11, as did Jewish Democrats by a vote of 7-2.

The three Jewish Republicans in Congress — Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman and Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor — all backed the appropriation. Vermont independent Rep. Bernard Sanders voted against it.

U.S. SENATE – S1689

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)nay
Norm Coleman (R-Minn.)yea
Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.)yea
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)yea
Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.)yea
Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)nay
Carl Levin (D-Mich.)yea
Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.)yea
Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)yea
Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)yea
Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)yea


Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)yea
Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)yea
Howard Berman (D-Calif.)yea
Eric Cantor (R-Va.)yea
Ben Cardin (D-Md.)yea
Susan Davis (D-Calif.)yea
Peter Deutsch (D-Fla.)nay
Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.)yea
Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)yea
Bob Filner (D-Calif.)nay
Barney Frank (D-Mass.)nay
Martin Frost (D-Texas)yea
Jane Harman (D-Calif.)nay
Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)yea
Tom Lantos (D-Calif.)yea
Sander Levin (D-Mich.)yea
Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)yea
Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)nay
Steve Rothman (D-N.J.)yea
Bernard Sanders (Ind-Vt.)nay
Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)nay
Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)nay
Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)nay
Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)nay
Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)nay
Robert Wexler (D-Fla.)nay

Emergency Supplementary Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Security and Reconstruction Act 2004

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