Congresswoman Chellie Pingree supports legislation to remove troops from Afghanistan by end of the year
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree voted for a resolution today that would force the Pentagon to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. The proposal failed by a vote of 93-321.
"Every day I hear from more and more people who simply want this war to end," Pingree said. "But we heard this week from the Pentagon that they plan to keep us in Afghanistan for at least another three years and probably longer. The military leaders tell us we need to stay, but the American people want us out."
Pingree said the direct cost of the war in Afghanistan has already surpassed $450 billion.
"Of course the highest price is paid by the brave men and women who don't come home, and the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who have lost a loved one," Pingree said.
Yesterday Pingree pressed General David Petreaus about the ongoing war.
"General Petraeus, nearly seventy five percent of Americans say that a substantial number of combat troops should be removed from Afghanistan this summer, according to a national ABC poll released yesterday. Many, like myself, are deeply concerned that this will not be a reality come July. Every day more Americans are looking for an end to this war, but as we sit here today there seems to be no end in sight," Pingree said yesterday.