Democrats vote for Trump’s endless war bill. “We’re still getting things done.”

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Among Senators running for President only Sanders and Warren have opposed Trumps war bill. Representative Gabbard was among 41 Democrats voting no.

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the NDAA, noted in a statement that the final version also stripped out her House-passed amendment that would have repealed the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).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.

4 thoughts on “Democrats vote for Trump’s endless war bill. “We’re still getting things done.”

  1. …”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.”

    There is ALWAYS money for more war and killing. Who exactly is profiting from “Space Force’ money?This is a waste of taxpayer money. Surely the aliens on our planet won’t be killed. I doubt that aliens will be attacking from Saturn anytime soon. $738 billion for the bloated military is nonsense.

    The GOP line is that taking away food [SNAP] from lazy, greedy poor people will make them look for jobs. “They’ll feel so much better when they have to work.” The government has to save money on the backs of the poor so that there is money to give to the wealthy.

    Try convincing a Republican that Medicare for All will save money and give everyone healthcare. Nope. There is “no money” for Medicare for All.

    Try raising the benefits for Social Security and listen to the howling from the GOP. Social Security must be cut because there is “no money” for it.
    ………………………………..
    President Trump’s 2019 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $213 billion over the next ten years — nearly a 30 percent cut — through radically restructuring how benefits are delivered, cutting eligibility for at least 4 million people, and reducing benefits for many others.

    Jun 18, 2018 Last year, Social Security and Medicare were 42% of federal program expenditures. As they grow, either taxes must rise, or other spending has to go down, or the debt will get even further out of …

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickwwatson/2018/06/18/social-security-is-running-dry-and-theres-only-one-politically-viable-option-to-save-it/

    1. And everybody seems to be asking, “Where does Bernie plan to get the money for his programs?” But when it comes to monies spent on things related to war, the sky seems to be the limit as far as the US Congressional members (Democrat & Republican) are concerned.

  2. The corporate media is now working for Biden or Buttigieg. Both have received big donations from corporate sponsors and would be moderates. Anything is better than Trump, but why settle of ‘anything’?
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    Trump need fear only one Democrat: Warren Sanders | Robert Reich
    The two senators, working for everyday Americans, are streets ahead of any establishment candidate

    There aren’t 20 Senate Republicans with enough integrity to remove the most corrupt president in American history, so we’re going to have to get rid of Trump the old-fashioned way – by electing a Democrat next 3 November.

    That Democrat will be Warren Sanders.

    Although there are differences between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, I’m putting them together for the purpose of making a simple point.

    These two have most of the grassroots energy in the 2020 campaign, most of the enthusiasm and most of the ideas critical for America’s future.

    Together, they lead Joe Biden and every other so-called moderate Democrat by a wide margin in all polls.

    That’s because the real political divide in America today is establishment versus anti-establishment – the comparatively few at the top who have siphoned off much of the wealth of the nation versus everyone else whose wages and prospects have gone nowhere.

    Warren and Sanders know the system is rigged and that economic and political power must be reallocated from a corporate-Wall Street elite to the vast majority.

    This is why both Warren and Sanders are hated by the Democratic establishment…

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/15/donald-trump-democrats-elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders?CMP=share_btn_link

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