11 Members of Congress Vote to Oppose War: We Talk to Rep. Jim Mcdermott (D-Wa)

March 24, 2003


Last week Congress overwhelmingly backed a resolution to endorse the war in Iraq. The vote in the Senate was 99 to 0. In the House of Representatives the vote was 392-11.

The 11 were John Conyers of Michigan; Ohioan Stephanie Tubbs Jones; Californians Barbara Lee, Diane Watson, Maxine Waters, Mike Honda and Pete Stark; New Yorkers Charles Rangel and Edolphus Towns; Virginian Bobby Scott; Jim McDermott from Washington and Republican Ron Paul of Texas.

Another 22 members of Congress simply voted present.

Congressman John Lewis, D-GA was one of them. He said from the floor "In all good conscience, I cannot and will not vote for a resolution that supports and endorses a failed policy that led us to war."

Today we are joined by one of the 11, Congressman Jim McDermott from Washington.

  • Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)