TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | More House Members Stand Up to Israel Than in '06: "More House Members Stand Up to Israel Than in '06
By Elana Schor - January 9, 2009, 6:04PM
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.
Compare today's outcome to 2006, when the combined total of no and present votes was only 12, and we could be seeing a slow but welcome shift of the dialogue towards political leeway for lawmakers to criticize Israel. The Minnesota Independent has the statement of Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), who wasn't present to vote in 2006 but pointed out that the resolution is 'void of any relation to the hellish reality that is being inflicted on the citizens of Gaza right now.'"