I’m not sure if Elana Schor was intending to be humorous or not in her post on TPM yesterday, More House Members Stand Up to Israel Than in '06:
The House just approved its version of the praise-filled pro-Israel resolution approved yesterday in the Senate. And though I've yet to see a co-sponsor tally that would show any senator courageous enough to resist the lure of AIPAC, the stiffened-spine caucus in the House reached 26 members today: 4 who voted no and 22 voting "present" in a gesture of stoic disapproval.
26 House votes against 390 voting “Yea” isn’t exactly something to write home about – but as Schor observes it’s more than the 12 members who demurred in a similar 2006 vote applauding Israel’s invasion of Lebanon that year. And there was some interesting and encouraging Oregon related news beneath the surface: Reps Blumenauer and DeFazio were among the 22 members who voted “Present.” Credit where credit’s due. Here’s the text of the resolution, and here’s the full roll call.
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