Thirty-two Democrats broke with the Obama administration and House Democratic leaders Tuesday to oppose a $106 billion supplemental appropriation to maintain the occupation of Iraq, surge more troops into the quagmire that is Afghanistan, and fund the International Monetary Fund’s anti-social policies of forcing developing countries to sacrifice programs for the poor in order to bail out big banks.
But that wasn’t enough to block approval of the measure.
The final vote was 226 in favor of the supplemental, 202 against.
The bill passed with Democratic votes — 221 Democrats backed it, along with 5 Republicans.
The spending scheme was opposed by 170 Republicans. Most, although not all of the Republican “no” votes were cast for the wrong reasons of knee-jerk opposition to the Obama administration, foreign aid and environmental programs. (There were the usual exceptions, such as Ron Paul of Texas, John Duncan of Tennessee and Walter Jones of North Carolina.)
Joining the Republicans in voting “no” were the 32 Democrats, many of the them closely associated with Progressive Democrats of America, which aggressively lobbied against the supplemental.
The Democrats who broke with the administration were:
Arizona’s Raul Grijalva.
Californian’s Sam Farr, Bob Filner, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Brad Sherman, Jackie Speier, Pete Stark, Maxine Waters, Diane Watson and Lynn Woolsey.
Colorado’s Jared Polis.
Florida’s Alan Grayson.
Maine’s Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.
Maryland’s Donna Edwards.
Massachusetts’ Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, John Tierney and Nikki Tsongas.
Michigan’s John Conyers.
Minnesota’s Keith Ellison.
New Hampshire’s Carol Shea-Porter.
New Jersey’s Donald Payne.
New York’s Eric Massa and Jose Serrano.
Ohioans Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich.
Texan Lloyd Doggett.
Vermont’s Peter Welch.
Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin.
Notable names on the list of “no” votes are those of new members, such as California’s Speier, Colorado’s Polis, Maine’s Pingree, Maryland’s Edwards, Minnesota’s Ellison, New Hampshire’s Shea-Porter, New York’s Massa and Vermont’s Welch, House freshmen and sophomores who resisted intense pressure on newer members — who may still be looking for leadership assistance when it comes to committee assignments and reelection races — to vote the administration line.