You are hereCongress

Congress


Debate in Congress over Iraq war grows louder

BY STEVEN THOMMA, TIM FUNK AND JAMES KUHNHENN
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - If Congress ever turns against the war in Iraq, analysts may look back at this week as a turning point.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., on Wednesday urged setting a May 15 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops unless Iraq forms a unity government, and even if Iraq does form a government, Kerry urged complete American withdrawal by year's end. His twin-deadline proposal makes the 2004 presidential nominee the most prominent Democrat pushing for early full withdrawal.

A Progressive Priority: TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

A Progressive Priority: TAKE BACK THE HOUSE
By: Kevin Spidel, National Deputy Director, Progressive Democrats of America

The "Downing Street Minutes," the "Ohio Report," and the censure movement within the House have raised very little public scrutiny outside the progressive movement. Rep. Conyers and his fellow progressive House members tried hard to raise these facts in the public eye via the media, town halls, and working with groups like Progressive Democrats of America (PDA.)

HUNGERING FOR JUSTICE AT MY FIRST CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY

By Mike Ferner

Washington, March 14 -- Last Wednesday evening, the House Appropriations Committee voted to throw another $67,000,000,000 at the murderous work in Iraq and Afghanistan. That night members of the committee, righteously indignant and nearly unanimous, gave President "Bring ‘Em On" Bush a loud slap in the face.

Whoa! You mean the most powerful committee in Congress voted 62-2 to stop funding our national war crimes orgy? Of course they did…and then we all lived happily ever after.

30 US Reps for Bush Impeachment Inquiry

APN Interviews Conyers, Swanson, and Goodman
By Matthew Cardinale, Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (March 10, 2006)

(APN) ATLANTA – 30 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush’s impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): Chairman of the Senate Cover-up Committee

By Center for American Progress

As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts's (R-KS) duty is "to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States" and "to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States." But on the most important intelligence issues facing Americans - such as the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture - Roberts has transformed his committee into a "Senate Coverup Committee" for the Bush administration.

Kucinich: Port Deal Not Dead; Introduces A Resolution to Obtain Documents And Force Congressional Oversight

Congress Must Act To Prevent Similar Deals In The Future

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today, introduced a rarely used Congressional procedure called a Resolution of Inquiry to demand documents from the Administration about the security review of the port deal that would have allowed a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company to take control of six US ports.

REPS. MARKEY, MALONEY INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE WHISTLEBLOWER LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce and Homeland Security Committees and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a member of the Government Reform Committee, today introduced the "Paul Revere Freedom to Warn Act," a comprehensive bill to provide protections to government and private sector employees who are retaliated against for reporting flaws in national or homeland security, public health and safety, or waste, fraud and mismanagement of public funds. The protections offered in the legislation are modeled upon those provided by Congress in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to employees of companies who report accounting fraud.

Iraqi Women - Witnesses to War

By Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America,
Karen Bradley, Democracy Cell Project

March 8 2006 - Washington, DC: Five women from Iraq discussed their experiences and explained the situation in Occupied Iraq at a press conference facilitated by Code Pink and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson. Dr Entisar Mohammad Ariabi delivered their conclusion: "The central cause of tragedy in Iraq is the occupation." Noting that the event promoted a Women's Call for Peace on International Women's Day, Dr. Ariabi described the current conditions: "Iraqi women are looking for their children under rubble, and looking for their husbands in prison. Pregnant women cannot find sufficient care. No hospital or delivery room. Ambulances are shot."

Lee Joins Progressives in Introducing Common Sense Budget Bill

Bill would transfer $60 billion in defense spending to domestic priorities

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement at a press conference today marking the introduction of the bill:

"Thank you all for joining us this morning for the launch of Common Sense Budget Act.

"I'd like to thank Ben Cohen, Dr. Larry Korb, Vice Admiral Shanahan, Wayne Silby, and Jim Wallis for all being here. Thanks also to the Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities for their invaluable help in this roll out.

REP. WOOLSEY INTRODUCES COMMON SENSE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET

"Common Sense Budget Act" - Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, Homeland Security, Budget Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Advocating cuts to the defense budget may seem strange while America is at war in Iraq, but the "dirty little secret" is that tens of billions of dollars are wasted annually by the Pentagon. With record deficit spending, Congress is working to find ways to responsibly manage the federal budget.

Fact Sheets for Lobbying Your Congress Member

Take these to a meeting with your Congress Member: PDF.

Misleading Testimony About NSA Domestic Spying

By Sen. Russell Feingold, http://www.opednews.com

The Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

I write in response to your letter of February 28, 2006, regarding your February 6 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and responding to specific requests for information by Senators during the hearing.

'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.

Congressional Legislation Finally Targets Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Address Federal Budget Woes

Congressional Legislation Finally Targets Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Address Federal Budget Woes
Common Sense Budget Act—to Be Introduced Wed., March 8—Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, other Priorities
Reagan Defense Official Lawrence Korb Identifies $60 Billion that Could Be Trimmed from Bush’s Proposed Defense Budget

WASHINGTON - March 6 -

Who:
Ben Cohen, Co-Founder, Ben and Jerry’s; President, Priorities Campaign
Lawrence Korb, Former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Jack Shanahan, Former Commander of the US Second Fleet
Wayne Silby, Chairman, Calvert Funds
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Another $70 Billion for War

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@accuracy.org

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take
up the Bush administration's "emergency supplemental" request for
approximately $70 billion more for war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MIKE FERNER, Mike.ferner@sbcglobal.net
JEFF LEYS, jeffleys@vcnv.org, http://www.vcnv.org

Protect America First Act of 2006

Reps. Barrow & Thompson to Hold Press Conference Introducing the "Protect America First Act of 2006"

Proposed legislation would implement tough new security oversight standards of foreign investments into American businesses involved in national security and military defense.

Congressmen John Barrow (GA-12) and Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 9th introducing the Protect America First Act of 2006. This legislation would implement tough new security oversight standards of foreign investments into American businesses involved in national security and military defense.

MEDIA ADVISORY --- NEWS CONFERENCE

Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing

Ask Your Congress Member to Support a Study of Depleted Uranium

Rep. McDermott has introduced a bill in Congress, H.R. 2410, The Depleted Uranium Munitions Study Act, which calls for in-depth studies to be conducted on DU and its effects on the health of those exposed to it.

Ask your Congress Member to cosponsor.

The name depleted uranium (DU) implies that a nontoxic material, but nothing could be further from the truth. DU is extremely toxic and has a radioactive half-life of 4.5 billion years. Depleted Uranium is the by-product of nuclear energy production. DU, according to the BBC is “a very heavy substance, 1.7 times denser than lead, and it is highly valued by armies for its ability to punch through armored vehicles. When a weapon made with a DU tip or core strikes a solid object, like the side of a tank, it goes straight through it and then erupts in a burning cloud of vapor. The vapor settles as dust, which is chemically poisonous and also radioactive.

Common Sense Budget Act

Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, and other priorities like Homeland Security and the Budget Deficit

“Let’s strengthen our nation with responsible spending that benefits all Americans,
while keeping our nation’s defenses strong,

Congressional Progressive Caucus

Progressive Caucus Leaders, CEOs, and Military Experts to Hold Press Conference on “Common Sense Budget Act

Briefing from Iraqi Women and Q&A - Open to Public

'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus

March 3, 2006

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.

Transfer $60 Billion in “Cold War Era

Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing

Contact info for Rep. Lofgren

Rep. Lofgren's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: http://zoelofgren.house.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
102 CHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0516
Phone: (202) 225-3072
Fax: (202) 225-3336

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Watt

Rep. Watt's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: http://www.house.gov/watt
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2236 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3312
Phone: (202) 225-1510
Fax: (202) 225-1512

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Scott

Rep. Scott's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/scott
E-mail: bobby.scott@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
1201 LHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-4603
Phone: (202) 225-8351

Contact info for Rep. Nadler

Rep. Nadler's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/nadler
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2334 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3208
Phone: (202) 225-5635
Fax: (202) 225-6923

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Boucher

Rep. Boucher's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/boucher
E-mail: ninthnet@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2187 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-4609
Phone: (202) 225-3861

Contact info for Rep. Boucher

Rep. Berman's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information
Web Site: www.house.gov/berman
E-mail: howard.berman@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2221 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0528
Phone: (202) 225-4695

Contact info for Rep. Wasserman Schultz

Rep. Wasserman Schultz's cosponsorship of important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/wasserman-schultz
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
118 CHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0920
Phone: (202) 225-7931
Fax: (202) 226-2052

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee

Click on Links below for Contact and other Information for
the Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee
Ranking Member: Conyers. Other Democrats: Berman | Boucher
Delahunt | Jackson_Lee | Lofgren | Meehan | Nadler
Sanchez | Schiff | Scott | Van_Hollen | Wasserman_Schultz
Waters | Watt | Weiner | Wexler

Speaking Events

2016

War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
Sign up on FB.

May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
Sign up on FB.

May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710
Contact Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361, danyaseen@comcast.net
Sign up on FB.

June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
Sign up on FB.

June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
Sign up on FB.

 

June 24 Roanoke, Va.
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (2015 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015). Contact: plowshare@plowshareva.org
Sign up on FB.

 


Other Events Here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOOSE LANGUAGE

Support This Site

Donate.

Get free books and gear when you become a supporter.

 

Sponsors:

Speaking Truth to Empire

***

Families United

***

Ray McGovern

***

Financial supporters of this site can choose to be listed here.

Buy Books

Get Gear

The log-in box below is only for bloggers. Nobody else will be able to log in because we have not figured out how to stop voluminous spam ruining the site. If you would like us to have the resources to figure that out please donate. If you would like to receive occasional emails please sign up. If you would like to be a blogger here please send your resume.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.