October 17 - U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) coordinated the whip count in opposition to the $87 billion blank check on Iraq. Working with his colleagues, he built the number of Members willing to vote "no" from as many as could "fit in a phone booth," to 50, to 75, then to the final vote of 125 against (with two additional "no" votes not present). Rep. Doggett also credited the many emails, faxes, and phone calls into House offices for the result.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett responded to the large "no" vote as follows:
"I am really pleased with the strong message of today's vote that so many House Democrats support the troops by demanding the Administration be held accountable."
"We all honor those who die for our country, but the question for Congress is whether we can pursue a policy that allows more of these brave young Americans to live for our country."
"This vote has nothing to do about supplying kevlar vests to our troops; it is about providing 'political kevlar' to the defenders of a failed policy."