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


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