A recent letter to the Editor in the Portsmouth Herald illuminates Congresswoman Shea-Porter voting record on the War in Afghanistan.
Shea-Porter's vote hurts our troops in combat
Aug. 10 — To the Editor:
On Aug. 9, I learned from a letter to the editor that Carol Shea-Porter leads any of the field of her potential Republican opponents by at least 5 percentage points in a UNH-conducted poll.
Recently, I discovered that on July 27 she voted against funding combat operations in Afghanistan. I never saw a newspaper report or a newsletter from the congresswoman announcing that vote. Instead, I learned of it from a site on the Internet. If her position on funding had been known before the poll was taken, I bet the result would have been different.
Her vote was "House Vote 474 — Approve Spending for Combat Operations." She voted no. The House as a whole approved the measure by a vote of 308-114. I guess Congresswoman Shea-Porter feels in addition to a dreary economy, why not a defeat in Afghanistan.
Tom Hayden, the noted antiwar activist, in an article in the Nation on July 29 stated that the Washington peace groups, after a two-week e-mail campaign, were happy about the gain of 14 votes, including that of Shea-Porter, against the Afghanistan combat funding bill. Shea-Porter is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services and you would expect she would not undermine our troops in combat, but she did.
In addition, here's a link to GovTrack.US showing how each member of the House voted.