An amendment offered by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) to the 2010 Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 4899) has been defeated by a vote of 18-80.
According to a press release, it would require the President “to develop a flexible timetable to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan.”
The amendment mirrors the Feingold-McGovern-Jones legislation and would require the president to provide a plan and timetable for drawing down our forces in Afghanistan and identify any variables that could require changes to that timetable. The amendment would not require the president to redeploy troops. Congress has appropriated $299.6 billion for the war in Afghanistan and related operations to date (FY01-FY10). This supplemental bill includes another $30 billion for Afghanistan. The total cost to date of both Afghanistan and Iraq is over $1 trillion.
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