Yesterday, the Senate held two important votes:
- On the Feingold Amendment, which called for transitioning the mission
- And on the Warner amendment, which would have required the President to certify that the Iraqi government is meeting benchmarks in order to receive U.S. aid.
I supported the Feingold amendment, which provided a real change of course out of the war. I opposed the Warner amendment, because after more than four years of war, 3,400 American deaths, 20,000 wounded, and nearly $500 million in taxpayer dollars spent, we need action, not more reports - especially those without consequences.
Yet while I supported one vote and opposed the other, I am encouraged by both. They show real and growing momentum on both sides of the aisle away from this tragic and endless war.
In a related story, Blue Jersey interviewed Rep. Rob Andrews and this little tidbit caught my eye: Rep. Andrews believes there will be a veto-proof majority to withdraw from Iraq by Labor Day.