On July 21, in a surprising and shocking move, 103 Democrats in the House of Representatives voted down a proposal by Representative Ilhan Omar to accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan alongside House Republicans.
National Defense Authorization Act’s (NDAA) Minnesota Democrat's amendment was shot down by a vote of 129-284, as 103 House Democrats joining 181 Republicans voted ‘No’.
The amendment was targeted for removing a series of vague conditions on US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan from the House in NDAA language inserted by Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming Democrat Jason Crow of Colorado.
According to Cheney-Crow provisions, the Pentagon must certify that troop withdrawal "will not increase the risk for the expansion of existing or formation of new terrorist safe havens inside Afghanistan". The language was adopted earlier this month with the support of nearly every Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.
Omar's proposal would have stripped out the provisions and added language requiring the withdrawal of the remaining 8,600 soldiers from Afghanistan by April 29, 2021.
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