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Edwards: Present on Gaza Resolution

Rosalind Helderman

U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) voted "present" last week on a House resolution expressing support for Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas rocket attacks, calling the vote in a statement "the wrong resolution at the wrong time."

She said she believes there "is no question" Israel has a right to defend itself but that resolution was not in the best interest of resolving the current hostilities in Gaza.

The vote put Edwards, who took office in June after defeating eight-term incumbent Albert R. Wynn, in a distinct minority. Five members of the Congress voted against the resolution and 22 voted "present" like Edwards. It was supported by 390 representatives, including the rest of Maryland's delegation.

Edwards, who won election in part by arguing that Wynn had moved too far to the right for his heavily liberal district in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, said in a statement that "Congress should support the call of the international community for a ceasefire and efforts to establish a lasting peace and bring desperately needed humanitarian aid to this region."

"Innocent civilians are suffering on a massive scale, and we should focus our work on removing restrictions to bring food, water, and medical care to those in need," she said.

Read Edwards' full statement here.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 9, 2009; 5:22 PM ET
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