It was great talking with Jen Sabella and Erika Wozniak yesterday on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers.
By the way, Mike will be back after the first of the year. He’s staying warm in Florida.
One of the topics we discussed was the need for transparency in how our politicians vote. Some local Chicago council members got their underwear all twisted because the Mayor posted how they voted on the budget.
Neither Jen, Erika nor I could see what was wrong with the Mayor doing that.
I pointed out how difficult it was to track aldermanic votes.
Another example: I think it is important to know which Democrats voted for and against Trump’s war appropriations bill this past week.
In the middle of the impeachment hearings, the Democrats said they wanted to show that they were still getting things done.
No thanks on that.
To demonstrate their work ethic more than 180 House Democrats joined the Republican caucus Wednesday night to pass a $738 billion military spending bill that gives President Donald Trump his “Space Force” and a huge check to wage endless wars.
Just 48 members of the House, including 41 Democrats, voted against the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which increases the Pentagon budget by $22 billion. The final vote was 377-48.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who voted against the NDAA, noted in a statement that the final version also stripped out her House-passed amendment that would have repealed the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
“With the release of the Afghanistan Papers, it is especially imperative that we take a hard look at our military spending and authorizations,” said Lee, the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan in 2001. “I can tell you: it is an appalling, but not shocking read for those of us who have been working to stop endless war. It’s past time to end the longest war in United States history, withdraw our troops, and bring our service members home.”
The 2020 NDAA now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is expected to pass. In a tweet ahead of the House vote on Wednesday, Trump praised the bill and said he would sign it into law “immediately.”
Among Illinois Democrats, only my Congressman Chuy Garcia, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Danny Davis voted no.
The vote of each congress member is in the link above.
Also notably voting no were Tulsi Gabbard, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.