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Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Feingold's Afghanistan timetable amendment voted down

The Senate Thursday rejected an amendment by U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold to place a timetable on the country's military obligations in Afghanistan.

Feingold, D-Middleton, attempted to add his measure to an emergency supplemental spending bill aimed primarily at funding continuing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq; the Senate rejected the amendment by an 80-18 vote before voting 69-29 to cut off debate on the bill.

“This amendment is the first attempt in the Senate to get an idea of when this nine-year war in Afghanistan will end. Only 13 senators supported my original attempt to require a timetable for Iraq, and today, a timetable is exactly what is in place in Iraq," Feingold said in a statement. "I am confident that, over time, more and more members will listen to their constituents and support my efforts to require a flexible timeline for ending the Afghan war.”


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