Although I regularly read Blue Mass Group, today’s post is my first. I know many of you are deeply concerned about the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan. This issue remains at the top of Congress’ agenda and we have been debating additional war funding for some time now. Last night, the House passed the Conference Report for H.R. 2346: Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009, which provides funds sought by the Administration. I voted against this bill because I just don’t think it gets us closer to ending these conflicts.
I really do believe that President Obama will change the course of the wars and I did struggle over whether to support this bill as a show of support for him. Ultimately, my decision came down to the fact that, as I write this, I think our policies toward Iraq and Afghanistan are inadequately formulated. I hope and expect that to change, but right now I have too many unanswered questions over how we will bring an end to these conflicts. I was concerned that a vote in support of H.R. 2346 might imply that I accept the current situation as is. I don’t. However, I certainly am more hopeful that this President will understand the concerns of those of us who voted no, and will continue focusing on a new strategy – one that starts bringing our men and women in uniform home. If you’d like to review H.R. 2346 yourself, you may find the text and a summary at the Appropriations Committee website. Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts in this forum.
Congressman Mike Capuano, 8th district