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Voting No On War Spending

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree voted against a massive defense spending bill today that includes $119 billion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"The country can no longer afford to spend billions of dollars a week to continue to fight wars that don't make our country any safer," Pingree said. "Our men and women in uniform have served bravely and honorably, but they have paid a high price and it's time to bring them home."

A recent report found that on a per capita basis, the casualty rate for Maine military personnel in Afghanistan is the highest of any state in the country.

Pingree, a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, was one of only 87 House Members to vote against the Defense Appropriations bill (the final vote was 336-87.)


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