Congressman Braley Voted To Bar Funding To Fight ISIL Terrorists In Iraq

DES MOINES – Three months ago, after the second largest city in Iraq fell into the hands of ISIL terrorists, Congressman Bruce Braley proudly cast a vote to bar funding against any military operation in Iraq.

As Roll Call reports:

“With President Barack Obama grappling with how to respond to the escalating violence in Iraq and the rapid rise of an insurgent terrorist organization there, House Democrats have spoken: They overwhelmingly want to cut off funding for combat in the region, especially boots on the ground. Late Thursday, 142 Democrats [including Congressman Bruce Braley] and a handful of Republicans joined forces behind an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense appropriations bill that would have barred any spending on combat operations in Iraq.” (Emma Dumain, “House Democrats Overwhelmingly Vote Against Funding Combat Operations In Iraq,” Roll Call, 6/20/14)

The June 2014 vote follows Braley’s votes in 2012 against funding for US troops in Afghanistan, and 2007 vote against funding for US troops in Iraq.

“After Islamic terrorists took over the second largest city in Iraq, Congressman Braley drew a line in the sand and voted to bar funding for ANY US troops fighting in Iraq,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Between this vote and his votes to defund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, why would anyone trust Congressman Braley on national security?”

BACKGROUND …

In June 2014, Bruce Braley Voted For An Amendment To The Defense Appropriations Bill That Would Have Barred Funding For Any Combat Operations In Iraq. “Lee, D-Calif., amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill for any combat operations in Iraq.” (H.R. 4870, CQ Vote #325: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 165-250: R 23-206; D 142-44, 6/19/14, Braley Voted Yea)

ROLL CALL: “With President Barack Obama grappling with how to respond to the escalating violence in Iraq and the rapid rise of an insurgent terrorist organization there, House Democrats have spoken: They overwhelmingly want to cut off funding for combat in the region, especially boots on the ground. Late Thursday, 142 Democrats and a handful of Republicans joined forces behind an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense appropriations bill that would have barred any spending on combat operations in Iraq.” (Emma Dumain, “House Democrats Overwhelmingly Vote Against Funding Combat Operations In Iraq,” Roll Call, 6/20/14)

In July 2012, Braley Voted Against The Defense Appropriations Bill That Funds The Troops In Afghanistan And Gives Them A Pay Raise. (H.R. 5856, Roll Call Vote #498: Passed 326-90, D 101-79, R 225-11, 7/19/12, Braley Voted Nay)

In May 2007, Braley Voted Against Funding The Troops In Iraq. (H.R. 2206, Roll Call #425: Passed 280-142, D 80-140, R 194-2, 5/24/07, Braley Voted Nay)