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IRAQ: GET OUT NOW
COSPONSOR H.R. 4232, THE END THE WAR IN IRAQ ACT
May 4, 2006
I would like to bring to your attention to an article in today's Los Angeles Times by Lt. General William E. Odom (ret) outlining why the United States needs to get of Iraq now. The arguments he presents are compelling, and are an abbreviated version of an article he authored that appeared in the current issue of Foregin Policy Magazine (http://www.foreignpolicy.com).
By Andy Griggs
At its House of Representatives Meeting tonight (5/3/2006), United Teachers Los Angeles voted to endorse two anti-war Congressional candidates in the CA June primary. The vote is unprecedented as the two are running against Democrats who tend to support education issues, but have not so progressive views and voting records on the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act and Homeland Security.
Signers of DeFazio letter to President Bush re: Iran and congressional war powers
He is bringing a resolution to the Senate to get U.S. soldiers out of Iraq.
De Moines Register - May 4, 2006 - By JANE NORMAN, REGISTER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Washington, D.C. — Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa called Wednesday for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by Dec. 31.
Harkin was expected to offer a resolution on the Senate floor saying that the United States should not maintain a permanent military presence or bases in Iraq and should not attempt to control the flow of Iraqi oil.
War Spending Bill Nears Senate Vote
The Associated Press
Thursday 04 May 2006
Washington - A must-pass Senate bill funding the war in Iraq and hurricane aid for the Gulf Coast faces a vote Thursday, but a veto threat imperils many provisions added by lawmakers.
The bill is now about $14 billion more than President Bush wants. That means items such as $4 billion in farm disaster aid and $1 billion in state grants not requested by Bush may have to be dropped during House-Senate negotiations.
Council for a Livable World
The Senate will vote around 11:00 AM this morning on final passage of the bill. First, there will be consideration of two last amendments, Thune amendment No. 3704 to provide $20 million for veterans’ medical facilities and a Vitter (R-LA) and Landrieu modified amendment No. 3728 to provide $200 million for flood protection in Louisiana.
Many pending (offered for consideration but not voted upon) amendments were struck down yesterday as non-germane, including a Levin (D-MI), Collins and Reed amendment No. 3710 to pressure the Iraqi government to put together a coalition government and a Warner (R-VA) amendment to repeal the requirement for the Navy to retain 12 operational aircraft carriers. Other amendments dealing with withdrawal of American troops from Iraq by the end of 2006 were not offered because they were not germane.
By REP. LYNN WOOLSEY
Mr. Speaker, exactly three years ago yesterday, President Bush gave his single most insightful speech to date, about how the military operations in Iraq had become “Mission Accomplished.”
Why was this speech important? Because in a single stroke, it revealed more about the President and his administration than all his other speeches combined.
Anyone who pays attention to the news will recall how on that day President Bush, adorned in a fighter pilot suit, rode shotgun in a military jet that landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. A massive banner declaring “Mission Accomplished” was brashly displayed in the background during the President’s subsequent speech.
Both Houses of Congress Have Now Passed Amendments Banning Additional Spending on Permanent Bases in Iraq
By David Swanson
So, will a conference committee undo the will of both houses behind closed doors?
Will Bush simply ignore Congress?
Will the bases be defined as non-permanent due to eventual planned destruction through global warming?
Or will we actually stop building military bases in Iraq?
Here's a report from John Isaacs:
After a brilliant debate - well, no debate whatsoever either for or against -- the Senate approved by voice vote the Biden amendment No. 3855 barring spending of any funds in Title I of the bill to establish permanent United States military bases in Iraq, or to exercise United States control over the oil infrastructure or oil resources of Iraq.
"But under pressure from the rank-and-file, House Majority Leader
John Boehner (R.,Ohio) said yesterday that he hopes to set aside time
late this month or early June on a resolution related to the war.
"The Congress ought to have a conversation about it," he said."
From John Isaacs:
Around 12:30 PM, Sen. Biden offered on the Senate floor amendment No. 3855 (as an amendment to No. 3717) barring spending of any funds in Title I of the bill to establish permanent United States military bases in Iraq, or to exercise United States control over the oil infrastructure or oil resources of Iraq.
The Parliamentarian has ruled that the amendment is germane.
George Bush is considering attacking Iran, including using nuclear bombs to do so. Such an attack would be illegal and disastrous. Congress can prevent it, but only if Congres asserts its Constitutional right to decide whether or not the United States goes to war. Congressman Peter DeFazio's H. Con. Res. 391 expresses "the sense of Congress that the President should not initiate military action against Iran with respect to its nuclear program without first obtaining authorization from Congress." This bill is rapidly picking up cosponsors, but needs more. Ask your Congress Member to sign on today. Ask your Senators to take the same step in the Senate. CONTACT CONGRESS.
Senator questions bypassing of laws
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accusing the White House of a ''very blatant encroachment" on congressional authority, said yesterday he will hold an oversight hearing into President Bush's assertion that he has the power to bypass more than 750 laws enacted over the past five years.
''There is some need for some oversight by Congress to assert its authority here," Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said in an interview. ''What's the point of having a statute if . . . the president can cherry-pick what he likes and what he doesn't like?"
By Stephen Pizzo, News for Real
If the US Senate really wants to earn our respect, I have a suggestion for them: Hold bipartisan hearings into Dick Cheney's 2001 Energy Task Force.
If not now, when?
Low-wage working Americans can't afford to drive to their jobs? Already some folks have been forced to pawn personal items just to fill their tank for another week. How bad does it have to get before you guys up there start asking the questions you should have asked years ago -- and this time, demanding real answers.
By Andy Rathbun, The Battle Creek Enquirer, MI
HILLSDALE — A fired-up Chuck Ream announced his campaign for the Democrat party nomination in Michigan's 7th Congressional District to a small but receptive crowd Monday night.
Faulting the Bush administration for everything imaginable in a 50-minute speech, the newly minted candidate only took one swipe at his potential rival in the Nov. 7 general election, U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, R-Battle Creek.
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
They say he cannot claim powers above the law.
Washington - Three leading Democratic senators blasted President Bush yesterday for having claimed he has the authority to defy more than 750 statutes enacted since he took office, saying that the president's legal theories are wrong and that he must obey the law.
"We're a government of laws, not men," Senate minority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said in a statement. "It is not for George W. Bush to disregard the Constitution and decide that he is above the law."
CONTACT: Congressman Pete Stark
Yoni Cohen, Stark (202) 225-3202
Three years later, mission not accomplished
WASHINGTON - May 1 - U.S. Representative Pete Stark (D-Fremont), a member of the Out of Iraq Caucus, issued the following statement on the third anniversary of President Bush’s aircraft carrier landing and “Mission Accomplished” address.
“Mr. President, you and your administration lost the war in Iraq,” said Representative Stark. “In the three years since you declared major combat operations to have ended, more than 2,250 American soldiers have died unnecessary deaths. Rather than facilitate a lasting peace, the American occupation has led Iraq into civil war. At a cost of nearly $10 billion a month, the American presence continues to embolden our enemies and weaken our friends.”
By Luke Thomas, www.sanfranciscosentinel.com
Congresswoman and Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have a "whole different policy" regarding the war in Iraq when, and if, she becomes the majority speaker in congress in November.
"Well, if I become speaker of the house, we have a whole different policy. You have to think completely differently. You talk about an agenda for change, an agenda for progress, an agenda that says if you want peace, work for justice," Pelosi told the Sentinel.
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Favorability ratings of Republicans in Congress are at their lowest since December of 1998, when the party suffered a backlash after the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton, a USA Today/Gallup poll shows.
The April 28-30 survey found 36 percent of Americans said they have a favorable view of the party's performance, according to results published by the Gannett News Service. Democrats haven't benefited from public dissatisfaction with the Republicans. While 48 percent said they viewed Democrats favorably, the party's rating has fallen 4 points since October.
Originally posted by David Swanson
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, sent the following letter to President George W. Bush today about the presence of US troops in Iran:
Dear President Bush:
Recently, it has been reported that U.S. troops are conducting military operations in Iran. If true, it appears that you have already made the decision to commit U.S. military forces to a unilateral conflict with Iran, even before direct or indirect negotiations with the government of Iran had been attempted, without UN support and without authorization from the U.S. Congress.
UFPJ Legislative Alert
Victory on "No Permanent Bases" is within our reach!
Feingold introduces amendment to bring the troops home by the end of the year!
Call your Senators today (even if you called them last week!)
Our call-in day to the Senate on the supplemental spending bill (to continue funding the war in Iraq) last week was a great success. Thousands of calls were made asking the Senate to bring the troops home now, and to pass an amendment barring permanent U.S. bases in Iraq. The Senate did not vote last week on the supplemental spending bill (HR4939), so we have one more opportunity to make our voices heard. In addition, we have an exciting new development: Sen. Feingold introduced an amendment last Thursday calling for troop withdrawal by the end of the year. A strong show of support for the Feingold amendment would be politically devastating for the warmongers.
by William Hughes
“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington, D.C. - On April 27, 2006, at 9 AM sharp, in Room 2325 of the Rayburn Building, on Capitol Hill, the highly-respected Chairwomen, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), called to order the second Congressional public forum on how to bring the troops home from Iraq. She is one of the cofounders of the House of Representatives’ “Out of Iraq Caucus.” One of the other cofounders of that anti-Iraqi War group is Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), an African-American member of the House of Representatives, who even before the March 20, 2003 invasion, dared to challenge the Bush-Cheney Gang, on the legality and morality of the blood stained conflict.
By Philip A Farruggio, Port Orange ProActivists
John Kerry gave a speech, over a week ago, in Boston, whereupon he came out unequivocally against the attack and occupation ( AKA WAR) of Iraq. Kerry, on the 35th anniversary of his stirring testimony to the Armed Services Committee, compared ( finally) Iraq to Vietnam. More importantly, he gave credence to the need and the right of citizen protest. He went so far as to call it the patriotic duty of Americans to dissent against a government that has lost focus.
By Miriam Raftery, www.rawstory.com
Profile: Progressive activist raises stakes in California race, putting veteran Democrat on defensive
Powerful California Congresswoman Jane Harman (CA-36th) is facing a rare and surprisingly successful primary challenge, RAW STORY has learned. The Democratic powerhouse is set to face off this term with Marcy Winograd, a teacher, newscaster, peace activist and outspoken advocate for election reform.
CONTACT: Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Doug Gordon (202) 225-5871(o); (202) 494-5141(c)
50 Members of Congress Now Co-Sponsors Of Legislation, Authored By Kucinich, To Place An Excess Profit Tax On Big Oil Companies
WASHINGTON - April 28 - With gas prices continuing to be sky-high, and the big oil companies reaping historic profits, support has grown in the House of Representatives for legislation, authored by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), to place an excessive profits tax on the big oil companies. Currently, 50 Members of Congress are co-sponsors of HR 2070, The Gas Price Spike Act.
By Jeff Kosseff and Jim Barnett, The Oregonian
The Democrat's filibuster to curb oil industry subsidies angers GOP leaders.
Washington - Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden seized control of the Senate floor for more than four hours Thursday in an attempt to reduce subsidies to oil companies.
Enraging Republican leaders, his filibuster stalled debate on an emergency appropriations bill.
By Matthew Rothschild, http://progressive.org
A U.S. military spokesman in Iraq sure picked a weird day to put a smiley face on the situation over there.
“All indications now are that the acts of violence—ethnosectarian violence is decreasing,” said Major General Rick Lynch from Baghdad on Thursday, according to the New York Times.
I’m not sure what all those indications are that Major General Lynch was referring to.
SA 3717. Mr. BIDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 4939, making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
On page 253, between lines 19 and 20, insert the following:
PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES IN IRAQ
If enough Congress Members sign this discharge petition, it will force a 17-hour debate on the floor of the House with an open rule (amendments can be introduced).
Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Neil Abercrombie, move to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 543) entitled, a resolution providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 55) requiring the President to develop and implement a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq; which was referred to said committee on November 9, 2005, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures, to wit:
Rep. Maxine Waters
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), the Chair and Founder of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus, issued the following statement on the announcement that the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war:
"I was pleased to see the article in The Hill announcing that Majority Leader Boehner will finally permit the House of Representatives to debate the war in Iraq. This debate is long overdue.