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Rep Ed Markey

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  • (D MA-5)
  • 2108 Rayburn House Office Building
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Afghanistan

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Overwhelming support to exit Afghanistan (RC #226)
The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of this amendment supporting accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan and urging a congressional vote to approve any decision to keep troops on the ground after 2014. Passed, 305-121.
Jun 13, 2013Agreed ToNot Voting--
Reflecting the president's drawdown plan (RC #494)
President Obama has repeatedly said that troop withdrawals would continue at a steady pace after the surge troops came home. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA)'s amendment would have cut $12.6 billion from the war budget to reflect a steady drawdown. Failed, 137-278
Jul 19, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Funding a responsible withdrawal (part 2) (RC #485)
After billions of dollars spent on more than a decade of war, Rep. Lee's amendment would have limited war funding to the amount needed for a safe, responsible withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) offered a similar amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill. Failed, 107-312
Jul 19, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Funding a responsible withdrawal (part 1) (RC #264)
After billions of dollars spent on more than a decade of war, Rep. Barbara Lee's (D-CA) amendment would have limited war funding to the amount needed for a safe, responsible withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
May 17, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Speeding up combat troop withdrawal (RC #503)
In June, President Obama announced that he planned to transition to Afghan control of security in 2014. Rep. John Garamendi’s (D-CA) amendment would have sped up the transition, requiring withdrawal of combat troops by the end of 2012. Failed, 133-295
Jul 07, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
Saving money by starting military withdrawal (RC #502)
Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment would have cut $33 billion from the war in Afghanistan, leaving money only for a safe withdrawal of US troops. Failed, 97-322
Jul 07, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
House turns up the heat on Afghanistan withdrawal (RC #373)
Almost every House Democrat and 26 Republicans voted for the McGovern-Jones amendment requiring the president to develop a plan for accelerated military withdrawal from Afghanistan. The amendment fell just 6 votes short of passing, and the next day headlines read that Congress had signaled to the White House rapidly growing support for withdrawal. Failed, 204-215
May 26, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
Withdrawing ground troops from Afghanistan (RC #364)
President Obama doubled the number of troops in Afghanistan to fuel a doomed counterinsurgency operation. This amendment would have required a plan to remove all ground troops except those involved in small counterterrorism operations. Failed, 123-294
May 26, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
Troops out by the end of the year (RC #193)
Invoking the War Powers Act, Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-OH) bill would have directed the president to remove troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. Failed, 93-321
Mar 17, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
An orderly Afghanistan withdrawal (RC #91)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) amendment would have limited funding for the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan to $10 billion for a safe and orderly withdrawal of US troops. Failed, 98-331
Feb 18, 2011FailedYeacheckmark

Arms sales

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score

Counterterrorism

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
A plan to close Guantanamo (RC #237)
Rep. Smith's (D-WA) amendment would have provided a framework for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a move that is well overdue for the sake of human rights and the US's global reputation. Failed, 174-249.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Roadblocks to closing Guantanamo (RC #236)
Rep. Walorski (R-IN) offered this amendment to prohibit funding to transfer Guantanamo detainees to Yemen. Returning detainees who have not been charged to their home countries is an important step to closing the Guantanamo detention facility. Passed, 236-188.
Jun 14, 2013Agreed ToNot Voting--
Ending indefinite detention (RC #228)
Rep. Smith's (D-WA) amendment attempted to undo previous dangerous provisions that allow indefinite military detention of people detained under the authorization for use of military force in the United States or it possessions or territories. Failed, 200-226.
Jun 13, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Money for war and violating civil liberties (RC #645)
The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act was stripped of Senate provisions that limited indefinite detention. The bill also authorizes billions of dollars for the continuing war in Afghanistan and wasteful Pentagon and nuclear weapons programs. Passed, 315-107
Dec 20, 2012PassedNaycheckmark
Eliminating indefinite detention (RC #270)
Civil libertarians in Congress have been trying to undo dangerous provisions from last year’s National Defense Authorization Act that authorize indefinite detention of terrorism suspects. Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Justin Amash’s (R-MI) bipartisan amendment would have eliminated indefinite detention for people captured in the United States or its territories or possessions. Failed, 182-238
May 18, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Blocking civilian trials for terrorism suspects (RC #266)
Rep. Tom Rooney’s (R-FL) amendment continues an ongoing counterproductive push to block civilian trials for suspected terrorists. Passed, 249-171
May 17, 2012Agreed ToNaycheckmark
Money for wars, weapons, and obliterating civil rights (RC #932)
Not only did the Defense Authorization bill, deemed a “must-pass” piece of legislation because it authorized all funds for the Pentagon for 2012, include funding for wasteful wars and weapons systems—it also codified support for indefinite detention (without civil trial) for terrorism suspects and left open the possibility for indefinite detention of US citizens. Passed, 283-136
Dec 14, 2011PassedNaycheckmark
Blocking endless war against an ill-defined target (RC #361)
The House Armed Services Committee snuck language into the Defense Authorization bill to expand the definition of the authorization for use of military force. This included expanding authority to militarily target and indefinitely detain anyone considered to be a member of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or “associated forces”, until the end of the “war on terror.” After Rep. Garamendi tried and failed to remove the language in committee, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) offered this amendment on the floor to strike the language. Failed, 187-234
May 26, 2011FailedYeacheckmark

International cooperation

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Attacking the United Nations (RC #107)
A group of Republicans went on a tear against the United Nations in 2011. This amendment by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) would have prohibited use of funds to pay UN dues. Failed, 177-243
Feb 19, 2011FailedNaycheckmark

Iran

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
A special envoy to jumpstart negotiations (RC #285)
Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) amendment would have appointed a special envoy for ensure all diplomatic avenues with Iran were pursued. Failed, 77-344
May 18, 2012FailedNayxmark
Lowering the threshold for war (RC #261)
The House overwhelmingly passed this irresponsible bill that tries to move the red line for military action against Iran (see 2012 Highs and Lows). Passed, 401-11
May 17, 2012PassedYeaxmark
Outlawing diplomacy with Iran, and more foolhardy sanctions (RC #927)
In this lopsided vote, the House showed once again how out of touch they are with reality. The bill included a jaw-dropping prohibition on diplomatic contact with Iran, unless the administration certifies to Congress — with 15 days notice — that such contact is necessary. The bill could have dire consequences in a crisis situation. It also included additional unilateral sanctions unlikely to deal effectively with concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. Passed, 410-11
Dec 14, 2011PassedYeaxmark

Iraq

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score

Libya

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Prohibiting funds for use of force in Libya (RC #514)
The war in Libya was started without Congressional authorization and funded off the books. This amendment by Rep. Amash would have prohibited funding for the use of force in Libya. Failed, 199-229
Jul 07, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
Prohibiting military assistance to opposition in Libya (RC #513)
History shows that when the US or other world powers fuel regional conflicts with weapons, those conflicts often erupt into protracted, intensely brutal wars. In this case, it could have made a delicate situation more dangerous for the Libyan people. This amendment prohibited funding for providing US military training and equipment to the Libyan opposition forces. Passed, 225-201
Jul 07, 2011Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Authorizing use of force in Libya -- after the fact (RC #493)
The Obama administration went ahead with military action in Libya without any authorization from Congress, undermining their powers of oversight. Unfortunately, many members of Congress were too willing to shirk that oversight role. This attempt to retroactively authorize the use of force faced bipartisan opposition. Neither the Senate nor the House ever officially authorized the war in Libya. Failed, 123-295
Jun 24, 2011FailedYeaxmark

Nuclear weapons

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Cut funds to tinker with nuclear weapons (RC #334)
Rep. Polis' (D-CO) amendment would have cut $13 million in funds for a program to extend the life of the W76 nuclear warhead. Failed, 182-243.
Jul 10, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Robbing nonproliferation to buy more weapons (RC #333)
Rep. Joe Heck's (R-NV) amendment would have pulled money for crucial nonproliferation programs to pad the already bloated nuclear weapons budget. Failed, 86-338.
Jul 10, 2013FailedNaycheckmark
Reining in the wasteful B61 nuclear bomb (RC #332)
The unnecessary B61 nuclear bomb Life Extension Program is projected to cost at least $10 billion. This amendment, offered by Reps. Quigley (D-IL) and Polis (D-CO) would have cut excess funding for the program added by the committee. Failed, 196-227.
Jul 10, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Funding to reduce the nuclear arsenal (RC #233)
Rep. Rick Larsen's (D-WA) amendment would have reinstated funding cut by the committee for implementing the New START treaty to reduce our nuclear arsenal. Failed, 195-229.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Hawks make sure we can still drop nuclear bombs (RC #493)
Rep. Rick Berg’s (R-ND) amendment prohibits use of funds to reduce the submarines, planes, and missiles available to deliver nuclear weapons. Passed, 232-183
Jul 19, 2012Agreed ToNaycheckmark
Wasting billions to preserve a massive nuclear arsenal (RC #491)
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) has been one of the leading nuclear hawks in the House. With this amendment, he proposed prohibiting funding for reductions of our nuclear arsenal to implement the president’s new nuclear policy or to modify deployment plans. Passed, 235-178
Jul 19, 2012Agreed ToNaycheckmark
Reducing nuclear missiles in our communities (RC #482)
The US currently has 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed throughout the country. Rep. Ed Markey's (D-MA) reasonable amendment would have prohibited funding for maintaining more than 300. Failed, 136-283
Jul 18, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Reining in the bloated nuclear weapons budget (RC #332)
Despite a serious financial crunch, the nuclear weapons budget continues to grow. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) tried to bring some sense to nuclear weapons funding with this amendment that would have cut $298 million. Failed 138-281
Jun 06, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Funding the right nuclear priorities (RC #331)
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) tried for an even bigger increase in the successful Global Threat Reduction Initiative nonproliferation program with an amendment to transfer $16 million. Failed, 182-237
Jun 06, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Money for effective nonproliferation (RC #325)
This amendment transferred $17 million for the wasteful and dangerous Mixed-Oxide Fuel facility to proven nonproliferation programs (see 2012 Highs and Lows). Passed, 328-89
Jun 06, 2012Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Billions to deploy nuclear bombs (RC #288)
Rep. Denny Rehberg’s (R-MT) amendment requires maintaining all three legs of the costly triad for deploying nuclear weapons, and requires multiple certifications to reduce our strategic nuclear arsenal. Passed, 238-162
May 18, 2012Agreed ToNaycheckmark
Tying up crucial nonproliferation funding (RC #286)
Rep. Trent Franks’ (R-AZ) amendment limits nonproliferation funding for Russia until the State Department certifies that Russia is not aiding Syria, Iran or North Korea. With dangerous loose nuclear material still unsecured around the world, messing with nonproliferation programs is the wrong way to send a message to Russia. Passed, 241-181
May 18, 2012Agreed ToNaycheckmark
Clinging to Cold War nuclear weapons (RC #280)
Some members of Congress just canâ't let go of our oversized nuclear arsenal. Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) amendment blocks the president from making any unilateral agreements to reduce nuclear weapons. Passed, 241-179
May 18, 2012Agreed ToNaycheckmark
No need for a new nuclear bomber (RC #268)
Congress could have saved $291 million by passing Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) amendment to delay the development of a new nuclear bomber by 10 years. Failed, 112-308
May 17, 2012FailedYeacheckmark

Pentagon spending

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Eliminating extra war funding (RC #240)
The House Armed Services Committee added $5 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations budget, which funds the war in Afghanistan. Rep. Van Hollen's (D-MD) amendment would have taken away the increase. Failed, 191-232.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Cutting wasteful missile defense funding (RC #239)
Rep. Polis's (D-CO) amendment would have reduced funding for inefficient ground-based missile interceptors. Failed, 146-278.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Reducing troops in Europe (RC #235)
Reps. Coffman (R-CO) and Polis (D-CO) offered this amendment to save money by reducing the number of troops in Europe. Failed, 110-313.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Reining in out of control Pentagon spending (RC #232)
Rep. Nolan's (D-MN) amendment would have cut $60 billion from the Pentagon budget, bringing it closer to caps set by Congress and eliminating waste. Failed, 71-353.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Using sports to promote the military (RC #231)
Rep. McCollum's (D-MN) amendment would have prohibited funding for the Army National Guard to sponsor wrestling and motor sports. Failed, 134-290.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--
Ready to launch (RC #223)
Rep. Lummis's (R-WY) amendment to waste money to keep missile silos on "warm status," so they could be used quickly, is a favorite of nuclear hawks and politicians with intercontinental missiles based in their states. Passed, 235-189.
Jun 13, 2013Agreed ToNot Voting--
Saving money on aircraft carriers (RC #222)
Congress passed legislation requiring the Navy to have 11 aircraft carriers, even though they only have ten. Eliminating this requirement could have saved money, but Congress failed to pass this common sense measure. Failed, 106-318.
Jun 13, 2013FailedNot Voting--
A smarter alternative budget (RC #85)
The Congressional Progressive Caucus offered this alternative to the House Republicans' budget. The budget would have created jobs and invested in communities, while lowering Pentagon spending to 2006 levels. Failed, 84-327.
Mar 20, 2013FailedYeacheckmark
Freeze the Pentagon budget (RC #495)
Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) came together to corral bipartisan support for freezing the Pentagon budget at the previous year’s levels, cutting $1.1 billion. Passed, 247-167
Jul 19, 2012Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Cut funding to keep troops in Europe (RC #492)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered this amendment to prohibit funding for 2 permanent brigades in Europe, moving along the overdue process of decreasing the US military presence in Europe. Failed, 123-292.
Jul 19, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Holding Congress to budget caps (RC #489)
This amendment was another attempt to bring the Pentagon budget back down to the caps that Congress had imposed, cutting $7.6 billion. Failed, 171-243
Jul 19, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Isn't $500 billion enough? (RC #488)
Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) amendment would have cut $19 billion from the Pentagon budget, bringing it down to a round $500 billion. Failed, 87-326
Jul 19, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
More missile defense than the Pentagon wants (RC #477)
Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-CO) amendment would have reduced missile defense funding by $75 million, bringing it back down to the amount requested in the Pentagon budget. Failed, 150-268
Jul 18, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Bipartisan support for getting troops out of Europe (RC #284)
In a rare bipartisan victory, the House passed Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mike Coffman’s (R-CO) amendment to reduce Brigade Combat Teams in Europe. Passed, 226-196
May 18, 2012Agreed ToYeacheckmark
Ignoring Congress's limits on Pentagon spending (RC #282)
After the super committee failed, the House passed the Budget Control Act, which included spending caps. Republicans on the Armed Services Committee then ignored this and put forward a bill with $8 billion in additional Pentagon spending above the cap. Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) amendment would have cut the extra funds. Failed, 170-252
May 18, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Scale back the missile defense boondoggle (RC #269)
Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Loretta Sanchez’s (D-CA) amendment would have cut $403 million from ground-based midcourse missile defense. Failed, 170-252
May 17, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Robbing the poor to pay the Pentagon (RC #247)
In a stunning move that showed how out of touch congressional leaders are with our real economic needs, the House passed this bill to stop cuts to the Pentagon by gutting funding for food stamps and other social programs. Passed, 218-199
May 10, 2012PassedNaycheckmark
A budget for the people (RC #148)
The Congressional Progressive Caucus offered this alternative to the federal budget, which would end the war in Afghanistan and cut wasteful Pentagon and nuclear weapons spending. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman praised it as a sensible solution to our budget woes. Failed, 78-346
Mar 29, 2012FailedYeacheckmark
Bring them home -- from Europe (RC #529)
Decades after any major ground war in Europe, tens of thousands of US troops are still stationed there. Rep. Jared Polis’ (D-CO) amendment prohibited funding for keeping more than 30,000 permanent military personnel in Europe. Failed, 113-307
Jul 08, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
How about just a smaller increase in military spending? (RC #523)
Despite the environment of budget austerity, in 2011 Congress put the influence of weapons contractors on full display, and underscored the need for work to send pro-peace leaders to Congress in 2012. The Obama administration asked for a $17 billion increase in Pentagon spending for Fiscal Year 2012. Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) amendment would have cut that increase in half. Failed, 181-244
Jul 07, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
The Pentagon slush fund (RC #506)
Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment challenged deficit hawks to put their money where their mouths are by voting to cut the Pentagon’s $5 billion war slush fund. Failed, 114-314
Jul 07, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
21st century money for a 20th century nuclear bomber (RC #499)
The Air Force's new $297 million nuclear bomber program is obsolete right from the drawing board. Rep. Peter Welch’s (D-VT) amendment would have cut the program. The world has changed since the Cold War, and the new bomber is out of step with America's real needs. Failed, 98-322
Jul 06, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
The growing Star Wars boondoggle (RC #369)
The Pentagon requested an exorbitant $10 billion for the missile defense program, but the House Armed Services Committee wanted to spend more on the failed program. Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s (D-CA) amendment would have cut the additional $100 million tacked on by the committee. Failed, 184-234
May 26, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
The deficit double standard (RC #128)
When Republican leaders proposed cutting every federal budget back to 2008 levels, they made one exception: the Pentagon budget. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Pete Stark (D-CA) tried to address this double standard with an amendment to cut back the bloated Pentagon budget to the same levels. Failed, 76-344
Feb 19, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
Military pork (RC #102)
This amendment would have slashed funding for the EFV (see #3) as well as the surface-launched air-to-air missile program. Failed, 123-306
Feb 18, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
Faulty weapons systems (RC #80)
This amendment would have prohibited funds to research, develop, test, or purchase the V-22 Osprey (see #1) or the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), an expensive amphibious assault vehicle that breaks down on average every eight hours. Failed, 91-339
Feb 17, 2011FailedYeacheckmark
Two engines for every plane (RC #46)
The alternate engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a cash cow for weapons companies, building a 2nd engine model for a plane that already has one. Despite the deficit-cutting rhetoric, Congress kept voting down efforts to trim Pentagon waste. But on the F-35, reason prevailed and the House voted to cut $450 million for the program. Passed, 233-198
Feb 16, 2011Agreed ToNayxmark
A costly and crash-prone war plane (RC #43)
The V-22 Osprey had so many cost and safety problems that even Dick Cheney tried to kill the program in the 1980s. But several presidents and lawmakers have kept this aircraft alive, despite ballooning costs and crashes that killed 30 soldiers before the plane even saw combat. This amendment would have cut the funding in the 2012 budget. Failed, 105-326.
Feb 16, 2011FailedYeacheckmark

Syria

Issue Date Bill Outcome Vote Score
Caution with Syria (RC #234)
Reps. Gibson (R-NY) and Garamendi (D-CA) offered this amendment to remove problematic language in the bill that pointed toward a more militaristic approach to Syria including urging President Obama to“fully consider all courses of action to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power” and to enforce his ill-advised “red line.” Failed, 123-301.
Jun 14, 2013FailedNot Voting--