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Nonbinding vote on troop increase falls along on party lines from Missouri delegation

Jo Ann Emerson
Jo Ann Emerson


Washington – After a week of debates in Washington, Missouri's nine members of Congress are falling along party lines on a nonbinding House resolution disapproving a troop increase in Iraq.

Missouri Democrats plan to vote for it and the Republicans are all against it.

Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau was among the more conflicted lawmakers. The Republican came close to backing the measure before deciding Thursday that she could not.

Emerson says she was concerned that the vote was taking place after additional troops already began heading to Iraq.

She also is frustrated Republicans were not allowed to offer their own version.

Nearly every Democrat is expected to vote for the resolution. Most Republicans are opposing it, although at least 20 GOP lawmakers are expected to cross party lines to back the measure.