In a move signaling a significant change of heart, Democratic Congressmember Lois Capps voted against a $72 billion appropriations measure, most of which would be used to fund American military operations in Iraq. “In good conscience, I can’t continue to provide our administration a blank check when I believe they’ve failed in the handling of the war,” Capps said. Although she voted against giving President Bush authority to wage war on Iraq in 2002, Capps has supported most subsequent military appropriations measures, arguing that American troops should not suffer due to funding constraints. Although Capps previously opposed withdrawing our troops from Iraq – calling it cutting and running – she has now joined the Out of Iraq caucus, arguing that our military presence may be fueling the insurgency. Capps was one of only 72 members of Congress to vote against supplemental appropriations.

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