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Conservative and progressive House members vote to withdraw US troops from Somalia, but majorities in both parties shoot measure down

Photo (left): Mary F. Calvert/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Photo (right): Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Majorities of House lawmakers in both political parties shot down a measure that would have compelled President Joe Biden to pull all U.S. troops out of Somalia, other than troops protecting the American embassy.

The text of the measure would have instructed "the President to remove all United States Armed Forces, other than United States Armed Forces assigned to protect the United States Embassy, from Somalia by not later than the date that is 365 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution."

Minorities from both parties voted in favor of the measure, with leftist lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) joining with conservative legislators like Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) to support the concurrent resolution.

Overall, 52 Republicans and 50 Democrats voted to yank U.S. troops out of Somalia, while a whopping 165 Republicans and 156 Democrats voted against the measure.

"By a large margin Congress supports keeping US troops in Somalia. I do not. Most voters probably don't either," GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted.

"I just voted for @RepMattGaetz's resolution to bring our troops home from Somalia. There are currently no vital U.S. interests in having a presence there," Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado tweeted.

Last month, majorities of House members in each party rejected a concurrent resolution that would have directed the president to pull U.S. forces out of Syria. Only 47 Republicans and 56 Democrats backed that measure, while 171 Republicans and 150 Democrats voted against it.

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