The resolution by liberal Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich is not expected to pass. But it could be an important indicator of how Obama’s Democrats feel about the war, particularly ahead of November congressional elections in which Republicans are expected to make gains.
It is the first legislative challenge by the Democratic majority Congress to U.S. involvement in the conflict since Obama ordered 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and an offensive began last month to retake the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in Helmand province.
Supporters of the resolution say it is time for U.S. lawmakers to consider if they want to continue the nearly nine-year-old war in which about 1,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed. The United States is already planning to pull its forces out of Iraq by the end of next year.
“This (debate) is a first step. It’s like an alarm going off and people begin to wake up,” Kucinich told Reuters.
Rep. Jim McGovern is also quoted in the article saying “There should be no excuse to avoid debate.” Read more here.