Stop the Escalation and Bring the Troops Home!
While we were all disappointed to see the Senate’s lack of action to stop U.S. escalation in Iraq, last week’s Senate skirmish has given us insight on how to proceed in the House. The White House’s fight to stop a vote or even a real debate on escalation in the Senate has shown that the warmongers are scared of both public opinion and the power of Congress.
Because of the charades in the Senate, we need to focus on the House this week. The House of Representatives will be debating Iraq policy all week and voting on H.Con.Res. 63, to disapprove of escalation, on Friday. Your Representative needs to hear from you on this important issue; email your representative now and urge them to step up and lead us out of the quagmire in Iraq!
Ask your representative to take two important steps to bringing our troops home:
1. Tell them to send a strong message of disapproval to the President by voting against escalation this week. While the non-binding resolution (H.Con.Res. 63 ) being voted this week on won’t end the occupation, it will help to build bi-partisan consensus and momentum to really support our troops by bringing them home.
2. Urge your representative to cosponsor H.R. 746, the binding “Safe and Orderly Withdrawal from Iraq Act” introduced by Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA). This bill would start withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq within 30 days of passage and requires that all U.S. military and contracted forces be out of Iraq within six months.
Given the cowardice of Senate Republicans to the White House, it is especially important that we get House Republicans to vote against escalation this week and take leadership to end the war. Voting against escalation will send a strong message to leadership that as our representatives they’re obligated to listen to the people – and the people want to end the war!
American troops and the people of Iraq are counting on us to end the occupation as soon as possible. Taking two minutes to email your representative to vote against the escalation and cosponsor H.R. 746 is a simple action to help end the war.
Thanks for taking action and all the work you do each day for peace and justice!
Student Peace Action Network
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