Afghanistan defunding amendments rejected by House

By a 133-295 vote, members also rejected an amendment from Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) to reduce funding by $22 billion in order to force a more gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) proposed that the U.S. hold $4 billion from a fund for Afghanistan's security forces, but this was also rejected in a 119-306 vote.

Other proposals were aimed at taking away money from the Afghanistan infrastructure fund. Cohen proposed eliminating $200 million, but this was turned away in a close 210-217 vote.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) proposed cutting the entire line item — $475 million. The House rejected that in a 145-283 vote.

Lee also proposed ending a $5 billion overseas contingency operations fund for the global war on terror. The House rejected this proposal in a 114-314 vote.

The only Afghanistan-related amendment that succeeded this week came from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), which would transfer $35 million from the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund to the Defense Health Fund to boost a suicide prevention program. That was approved by voice vote Wednesday night.

Others related to Afghanistan were either rejected by voice vote or subject to a point of order on Wednesday.