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Members of Congress Urge Expedited Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Washington, D.C.– Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Members of Congress from both political parties will hold a press conference in support of expedited withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. EST. As President Obama prepares to address the NATO summit, Members will address the growing opposition among Americans and announce the opening of a letter to be delivered to the President urging expedited withdrawal. Seventy nine Members of the House have signed the letter, including 4 Republicans.
WHO: U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA)
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)
U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA)
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R-IL)
U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA)
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. EST
WHERE: HVC-117, Studio B, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Copy of the letter, signed by 79 Members of the House including 4 Republicans:
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama:
Earlier this month you visited Afghanistan to sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement. As you stated at Bagram Air Base, “this time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end.” The core of al Qaeda has been greatly reduced in size and ability to attack Americans. Our brave men and women in uniform have done everything that we have asked of them. With over 17,000 dead and wounded U.S. servicemen and women, and long term costs estimated at $4 trillion for the past decade of unfunded wars, the overwhelming majority of American people want to bring the war in Afghanistan to an expedited end.
While many of us would prefer an immediate full withdrawal from Afghanistan, there is broad, bipartisan consensus in Congress and across America that it is time to accelerate the transition from U.S. to full Afghan control. We also remind you that any agreement committing U.S. troops to Afghanistan must have congressional approval to be binding.
Therefore, at the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, we ask that you announce an accelerated transition of security responsibility to the Afghan government and security forces and the expedited withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan as quickly as these can be safely and responsibly accomplished.
Members of Congress