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(Editor's note: Some lawmakers have asked for the National Guard to be pulled out of Iraq and return back to the States where they're needed at home. Are we stretched to thin? Are there enough members in Congress to support bringing the troops home to help recover from this tragedy? What do you think?)
US can handle Iraq, Katrina: Bush
From correspondents in Biloxi
September 03, 2005
US President George W. Bush has rejected calls to pull resources from the war in Iraq to handle Hurricane Katrina, saying: "We've got plenty of resources to do both."
"The people (have) just got to know, we've got what it takes to do more than one thing. And we'll secure our country from the terrorists and we'll help rebuild this part of the world," he said after touring this devastated town.
Some US lawmakers have asked that Washington call home members of the National Guard whose homes were devastated by the storm, others worry about the multi-billion-dollar pricetag of funding both ventures.
Bipartisan investigation into Katrina failures
Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 16:29:16 PDT
This might be a good thing, if done right.
Two key U.S. senators said on Friday they will open a bipartisan investigation into what they described as an "immense failure" of the government response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who heads the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, the panel's top Democrat, said they plan to begin an oversight investigation next week when the full Senate returns from a summer recess.
No whitewashes. Find out who fucked up. Republicans, Democrats, I don't care. Anyone who screwed up should be tarred and feathered.
(Funny thing is, given the two names on this effort, I trust Collins to get at the truth more than I trust Lieberman.)
Contributing Editor - TvNewsLIES.org
August 15, 2005
Suppose you were an idiot... And suppose you were a member of Congress...
But I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain
What shameful toads you are! Yes you, our elected lawmakers. Yes you, the folks we sent to Washington in our names. Yes you, the most spineless, cowardly and craven Congress people in history. Yes you, the most bullied, gutless and shameful herd of legislators ever elected. And you know exactly who you are.
Where in hell is your integrity? Where in hell is your self-respect? You’ve been led by your submissive noses to do the bidding of liars and warmongers. You’ve been suckered into applauding some of the most egregious crimes ever committed by a US government. You’ve become such a pitiful collection of sniveling sycophants. And you know damn well who you are.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
“61 Strong and Growing
That makes 60 co-sponsors! Do I hear 61?
What about YOUR Congress Member?
(As of August 31, 2005)
Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair, Co-Founder
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Co-Founder
Rep. John Conyers, Co-Founder
Rep. Charlie Rangel, Co-Founder
Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Founder
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Co-Founder
Rep. William Delahunt, Co-Founder
Rep. John Lewis, Co-Founder
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) has just cosponsored the Resolution of Inquiry into Bush's lies. That makes 59 cosponsors. Do I hear 60?
WHAT ABOUT YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER?
Reps. John Tierney (MA), Emanuel Cleaver (MO), Gwen Moore (WI), Jim Moran (VA), and Jerry Nadler (NY), have now signed on to co-sponsor H Res 375, demanding answers from the Bush Administration. That makes 58 Co-Sponsors. Who will be #s 59 and 60? See:
From the Government Accountability Project (GAP)
A group of concerned citizens gathered at a house party in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the third anniversary of the Downing Street Minutes meeting. Out of that meeting was formed the Government Accountability Project (GAP). Five members of GAP, all constituents of Representative Brad Miller (D-NC), met with him on August 17th to discuss his positions on the war in Iraq and specifically to ask him to sign Barbara Lee’s Resolution of Inquiry.
Rep. Miller has expressed early and continued concern over our involvement in Iraq and the intelligence that led us there. Last year he co-sponsored a resolution initiated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) calling for a House investigation of that intelligence. Rep. Miller has since asked Rep. Waxman to reintroduce this resolution and he promised our group that he would pursue this with him again.
Landmark measure addresses all forms of conflict and violence,
nationally and internationally
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and 55 co-sponsors will re-introduce legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peace during the first week the House is back in session, September 12, 2005.
“Every day in our country, millions of people are touched by various aspects of violence. And yet, every day people are still reaching for hope, looking for some opportunity to be delivered from this violence,
Ms. Nancy Pelosi
House Democratic Leader
I'm not writing to you as a constituent residing within your district of CA-8, but rather I am addressing you in your capacity as the House Democratic Leader.
Like you I am quite concerned over the many acts that the current administration has accomplished and is attempting. The concern I address with you today is the war in Iraq and the tactics employed by this administration to take this country into war with Iraq.
Whether one believes the revelations brought to light by the Downing Street Memo(s) or not, it appears that removing all doubt, of these revelations, is the utmost farseeing direction this country can take.
After Downing Street Update
Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Lies Gains Momentum
There are now 53 co-sponsors on Barbara Lee's Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memos, including one Republican member of the International Relations Committee, Jim Leach. If your Representative isn't on this list yet, please call their D.C. office and ask to speak to the Legislative Director. Ask why they haven't cosponsored HRes375, and then report back to us. A vote in committee will come between Sept. 6 and Sept. 16.
Bring the Troops Home Now Bus Tour Begins August 31
By Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com
If you support the War in Iraq, why aren't you or your children or your
grandchildren fighting there?
The Army is short of soldiers because of the Iraq War disaster. This
shortage has put our national security in danger throughout the world.
Your family can help fix the problem that you created by supporting the
Iraq War disaster.
As your constituent, I will continue to ask this question until you call
for the withdrawal of America's children from Iraq.
By Back Bone Campaign
Pass These 3 Resolutions at Your Local Meetings to Hold Bush and Company Accountable Now!
Here are three simple resolutions YOU can introduce locally to help those in the House and Senate hold Bush and Co. accountable for their lies (Downing Street Minutes, manipulations (misuse of prewar intelligence) and intimidation (V. Plame outing).
Pass these resolutions at your local Legislative District, community council and other meetings and let your representatives know that their constituents have the backbone to keep the pressure on the Bush administration and the same is expected of them.
By JANE NORMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
DES MOINES REGISTER WASHINGTON BUREAU
August 28, 2005
Count on Rep. Jim Leach. He's going to make waves again as, apparently,
the first Republican to sign on to a House resolution demanding disclosure
of administration documents related to what's known as the Downing Street
Aides to the Iowa City Republican on Friday confirmed an announcement
posted on an anti-war Web site, www.afterdowningstreet.org, saying that
Leach will become a co-sponsor of House Resolution 375, authored by Rep.
Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
The resolution, which as of Friday had 39 Democratic co-sponsors, requests
URGENT: House Investigation of Downing Street Minutes Nears Vote
August 26, 2005
Reported on Wednesday, August 24, by a meager number of media outlets(a search on Google News produced all of ONE result, this, from Political Affairs Magazine) Congressman Jim Leach (R) of Iowa has become the first Republican to publicly announce that he would cosponsor the bill (H. Res. 375) by representative Barbara Lee (D) of California.
The bill, a resolution of inquiry, introduced by Lee in the House of Representatives on July 20, 2005 and referred to the Committee on International Relations on the same day, requests (quoting directly from the bill), "the President and directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution all information in the possession of the President and the Secretary of State relating
to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."
The bill was originally co-sponsored by 25 other House members, all Democrats. Since that time, another 28 have signed on as co-sponsors, including Leach, who has previously been critical of the Bush administration's policies on the War in Iraq.
The U. S. House of Representatives Committee on International
Relations is comprised of 50 members - 23 Democrats and 27
Republicans. As of this writing, 10 Democrat members of the committee have publicly signed on as co-sponsors. A majority of 26 committee members is needed for passage.
A vote on the resolution must take place on or before September 16.
Including Leach with all 23 Democrats on the committee (assuming that the vote will proceed along party lines), the total now seemingly in favor of passage is 24. Representative Ron Paul (R), the libertarian firebrand from Texas, is widely assumed to be leaning toward co-sponsorship as well, leaving the margin at just one more Republican vote for passage.
The bill also has the particular status of a privileged resolution, meaning that if the committee cannot secure the required votes for passage, Congresswoman Lee has the right to seek a full House vote.
Bucking Bush on Iraq Policy Could Alienate
Party and Supporters of Presidential Hopefuls
By JOHN HARWOOD
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
August 25, 2005; Page A4
WASHINGTON -- In a summer of angst over Iraq, Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska has invoked a powerful image by comparing the fighting there to the Vietnam quagmire a generation ago.
Mr. Hagel's decorated Vietnam service and his status as a potential 2008 presidential candidate brought even greater attention to his intraparty blast at President Bush's policy. It also raised the question of whether the lame-duck president's bulwark of Republican support is about to crumble over the Iraq war's mounting toll.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown has joined the growing bi-partisan list of congress members demanding the truth!
July 19, 2005
Senator John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0303
Re: Your letter on Iraq in response to my contact
Dear Senator McCain:
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my contact and express your position on Iraq.
I find your letter very disturbing because of its gross oversimplifications and your total avoidance of the realities of President Bush's policies on Iraq and on the war on terrorism.
I am not proud that this nation was sent to war on a pack of lies - and you should not be proud of this either. I knew the lies were coming the moment I learned we were to undertake a WW II style invasion to counter a non-geographically based, amorphous enemy who was not in Iraq - and you should have known this too. I knew the lies were coming when I read in the Los Angeles Times in the Fall of 2002 that the intelligence community was coming under intense pressure from Cheney and the Bush administration, to "re-examine" their intelligence analyses - and you should have known this too. I knew the lies were coming when Bush prevented the U.N. inspectors from finishing their inspections and attacked instead - and you should have known this too.
Congressman Jim Leach (R, Iowa) has informed Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D, California) that he will co-sponsor her Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Administration communications with the U.K. about Iraq at the time of the Downing Street Memos. Leach is the first Republican member of Congress to publicly support a demand for an inquiry into the Bush Administration's pre-war claims. The 131 congress members who have signed Congressman John Conyers' letter to the President about the Downing Street Memo are all Democrats. The 11 Senators who have asked the Senate Intelligence Committee to do the investigation it committed to in February 2004 but never did are all Democrats.
That makes 52 co-sponsors!
What about YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER??
An Open Letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Presidential Accountability and Impeachment
Dear Representative Pelosi,
Thank you for your letter requesting a contribution to elect a Democratic Congress in 2006 to "hold the President accountable."
This is a cause that I, and millions of Americans, wholeheartedly support. This includes Democrats, Independents, and a very large number of Republicans as well.
But I write to differ strongly with you on exactly how to "hold the President accountable."
Your letter delays George Bush's accountability until the distant date of January 2007 - the earliest time when Democrats could assume control of the House of Representatives after the election of November 2006.
Congress Members Who Signed Congressman Conyers' Letter to Bush about the Downing Street Memo, but who have not yet co-sponsored H Res 375:
G. K. Butterfield
James E. Clyburn
Rosa L. DeLauro
Harold E. Ford Jr.
Alcee L. Hastings
Jesse L. Jackson Jr.
Dale E. Kildee
Edward J. Markey
Martin T. Meehan
Kendrick B. Meek
Michael H. Michaud
Grace F. Napolitano
Bobby L. Rush
Louise McIntosh Slaughter
Ellen O. Tauscher
Rep. Jim Leach is the 51st Co-Sponsor of H Res 375.
What about YOUR Congress Member?
From Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee:
Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here?
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday August 25th, 2005, at 7 p.m. CT entitled Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here?
Almost 2,000 of our American soldiers are dead because of the War in Iraq. No plan exists from the Bush Administration for a successful exit strategy to end this war. Meanwhile mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons and daughters ones are mourning their loved ones who gave their lives in Iraq.
By Sandra Jurgensen
A Resolution of Inquiry: Citizens of Florida's 10th District
Urging Congressman C.W. Bill Young to Co-Sponsor H. Res. 375
WHEREAS we are concerned regarding the rationale which precipitated the extensive and ongoing injury and loss of life suffered by over eighteen hundred of our nation’s military personnel and countless thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, and
WHEREAS the information in the Downing Street Documents strongly suggests that President Bush intentionally deceived Congress about the reasons for war, and
Congressmen Albert Wynn and Bob Filner have now co-sponsored the Resolution of Inquiry into pre-war claims, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 50.
By Steve Cobble
Kristen Breitweiser's great post yesterday about the failures of the 9/11 Commission reminded me of another failed Committee--the Senate Intelligence Committee, who never did finish their intelligence investigation.
We were promised an investigation into the use and misuse of our intelligence by the White House and the rest of the government.
C'mon, Senator Roberts, let's get going.
(Don't hold your breath. See this link to Raw Story's article for more on this esteemed Kansas conservative.)
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer
A leading Republican senator and prospective presidential candidate said Sunday that the war in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago.
Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other military honors for his service in Vietnam, reiterated his position that the United States needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq. Hagel scoffed at the idea that U.S. troops could be in Iraq four years from now at levels above 100,000, a contingency for which the Pentagon is preparing.
Meet the Press 8/21/05 with David Gregory.
On Thursday, Senator Feingold became the first senator to call for a specific withdrawal date from Iraq, and he joins us now for his first live interview.
Senator, welcome to MEET THE PRESS.
SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD, (D-WI): Good morning, David.
MR. GREGORY: Explain why you've taken this step at this point. Why set this target date?
SEN. FEINGOLD: Well, it's been a long time coming. I didn't support the war in Iraq in the first place. But once the country decided to go into Iraq, I felt it was very important that we do the best we can to success and support our troops. The problem is is that we're not getting the leadership from the administration. The president is not telling us what is the time frame, what are the benchmarks and what is the possible completion date for this mission. And what's happening is the American public is really despairing of the situation.