Afghanistan amendments being voted on in the House tonight.
Three amendments will be voted tonight in the House:
1. The McGovern (D-MA)-Obey (D-WI)-Jones (R-NC) amendment would have required the president to present Congress with 1) a new National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan by January 31, 2011 and 2) a plan by April 4, 2011 on the safe, orderly and expeditious redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including a timeframe for the completion of the redeployment. The amendment also requires Congress to vote by July 2011 if it wants to allow the obligation and expenditure of funds for Afghanistan in a manner that is not consistent with the president’s announced policy of December 2009 to begin to drawdown troops by July 2011. The amendment also requires quarterly reports to Congress on the status of the plan submitted to Congress and strengthens and expands oversight of private contractors in Afghanistan to deal more effectively with corruption, waste, fraud and abuse. Last, the amendment clarifies that no part of the amendment shall limit the president’s ability to attack al Qaeda, gather and share intelligence with allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or modify U.S. military strategy on-the-ground over the period of redeployment.
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The amendment offered by Barbara Lee (D-CA) would have limited would limit funds for military operations in Afghanistan for only force protection and to begin the redeployment of all troops and military contractors.
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3. The third amendment would simply strike all Afghanistan military funding from the bill