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White House Tries to Strong Arm Progressive Dems -- We Can't Let That Happen

The White House wants progressive House Democrats to abandon their constituents and their principles and vote for the War/IMF supplemental.

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Thus, the demands 41 Democrats made on June 3 regarding the IMF appropriation have been ignored. If these Democrats want to be taken seriously by Treasury about IMF reform, they should vote no on the war supplemental with the IMF funding included. If they vote yes, they're communicating to the U.S. Treasury Department that they're not willing to fight for their demands. And that would validate Treasury's longstanding view that it can safely ignore progressive Democrats in Congress regarding U.S. policy at the IMF and the World Bank.

If progressive Democrats vote no, and the IMF funding is defeated, then Treasury will have to go through normal Congressional process to get the money. And that would mean that the criticisms of the 41 Democrats would get a full airing, and they would have an opportunity to try to amend the legislation.

Twenty-two of these 41 Democrats voted no on the war supplemental in May. Here's what we know about their positions now, thanks to FireDogLake:

Tammy Baldwin: expected to vote no again.
Yvette Clarke: expected to vote no again.
John Conyers: expected to vote no again.
Donna Edwards: expected to vote no again.
Keith Ellison: current position uncertain.
Sam Farr: expected to vote no again.
Bob Filner: certain to vote no again; signed a Dear Colleague letter with Dennis Kucinich against IMF funding in the supplemental.
Alan Grayson: expected to vote no again.
Raul Grijalva: expected to vote no again.
Luis Gutierrez: expected to vote no again.
Michael Honda: current position uncertain.
Jay Inslee: expected to vote no again.
Dennis Kucinich: certain to vote no again; signed letters against war funding and IMF funding in the supplemental.
Barbara Lee: expected to vote no again.
John Lewis: expected to vote no again.
James McGovern: certain to vote no again; told the Wall Street Journal he was voting no.
Donald Payne: current position uncertain.
Jan Schakowsky: current position uncertain.
Maxine Waters: expected to vote no again.
Diane Watson: expected to vote no again.
Mel Watt: current position uncertain.
Lynn Woolsey: certain to vote no again; signed a letter with Kucinich against the war funding.

To summarize: Keith Ellison, Michael Honda, Donald Payne, Jan Schakowsky, and Mel Watt voted no on the war supplemental in May, and then signed a letter saying that money for the IMF should have IMF reforms attached. But with the House now scheduled to vote early next week on the same war supplemental with money for an unreformed IMF, they have yet to state that they will vote no. If you would like to ask them where they stand, you can use FDL's " Citizen Whip Tool."

Eighteen of the 41 Democrats who wrote against funding an unreformed IMF voted for the war supplemental in May (one of the 41 was a non-voting Member.) Here's what we know about their positions now:

Robert Brady: expected to vote yes.
Corinne Brown: current position uncertain.
André Carson: current position uncertain.
Danny Davis: current position uncertain.
Chaka Fattah: current position uncertain.
Marcia Fudge: expected to vote yes.
Charles Gonzalez: current position uncertain.
Al Green: current position uncertain.
Phil Hare: current position uncertain.
Alcee Hastings: expected to vote yes.
Maurice Hinchey: current position uncertain.
Jesse Jackson: expected to vote yes.
Sheila Jackson-Lee: expected to vote yes.
Carolyn Maloney: current position uncertain.
Gwen Moore: current position uncertain.
Charles Rangel: current position uncertain.
Laura Richardson: current position uncertain.
Robert Scott: current position uncertain.

Disturbingly, not one of this second group of Members, who wrote in opposition to IMF funding without reform, has yet to say that they will back up that position with their vote. If you want to ask them about it, you can do so here. If you'd like to write a letter to your local newspaper against the War/IMF Supplemental, you can do that here.