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DeGette speaks out after Afghanistan fact-finding trip on women’s rights

The erosion of human rights in war-torn Afghanistan spurred Denver U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a vocal critic of the Iraq War, last week to support an $91.3 billion supplemental budget, that largely funds an $85 billion military spending package for the dual wars there and in Iraq.
The budget bill, however, comes at a delicate time for U.S.-Afghan relations. DeGette spoke to The Colorado Independent about a historic fact-finding mission to Kabul and the Kandahar Province by a bipartisan delegation of six women members of Congress. The trip was organized following international outcry when the Afghan government passed a proposed law in February that legalizes marital rape and violates fundamental women's rights.