WASHINGTON – It’s not often that Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan join together to support the same amendment.
On Thursday, an odd blend of bedfellows voted against a $5 billion measure to arm Syrian rebels in the fight to combat the terror group that calls itself the Islamic State, which passed 273 to 156.
Bachmann, Nolan and Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum voted against the proposal. Democratic Reps. Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and Keith Ellison joined Republican Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen in support.
Bachmann tweeted after the vote: “Many of the so-called ‘moderate’ rebels have already joined the cause of Islamic jihad. Concerned U.S. weapons could fall into enemy hands.”
Nolan offered a similar sentiment on the House floor Tuesday. His impassioned speech got him exposure on “The CBS Morning News.”
“Remember, last year at this time we were ready to attack [Syrian President] Al-Assad and Syria. Now we appear in a tacit alliance with Assad and his allies to defeat ISIL,” he said. “Today we appear ready to send $5 billion to the FSA. … The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.”