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Friday, October 23, 2009

Senator Feingold Exlains 'No' Vote

"I oppose this legislation because it does nothing to bring our open-ended and disproportionate military commitment in Afghanistan to an end and or to ensure that our troops are safely and expeditiously redeployed from Iraq. I am concerned that our current military strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan may undermine our ability to combat al Qaeda while imposing a tremendous burden on our brave service members and on American taxpayers. This bill includes several important provisions, including provisions I authored that will help improve care for wounded warriors, and the hate crimes legislation that was first introduced over eight years ago. But I cannot support a bill that does not do enough to protect our country from our top national security threat, al Qaeda." Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the Department of Defense Authorization Conference Report Thursday, October 22, 2009

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