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Cosponsors of Resolution of Inquiry Now Up to 48
There are now 48 co-sponsors of H Res 375. The four latest are Congressmen Barney Frank, Elijah Cummins, Rush Holt, and Gregory Meeks.
In the photo, Ven Neralla (top), Legislative Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, tells members of Progressive Democrats of America's Virginia Chapter about the Resolution on Saturday, August 20.
The Resolution will likely be voted on in the House International Relations Committee between Sept. 6 and Sept. 16. The more congress members who co-sponsor, the more likely some committee members are to both vote Yes and engage in a serious debate in the committee.
The ranking Democrat on the committee is Tom Lantos.
Here's a report on efforts to lobby him from Ashley Evans on August 18:
The meeting today at Lantos' office went very well. Six of us met with Betty Carlson, plus a staffer and an intern. We made our pitch, which was well received by all of them. We were warmly complimented for our knowledge of the subject, our preparation, and our passion (all of us spoke).
Betty promised to put our packet (consisting of a summary letter [below], the ROI, the Downing Street Memo, and DFA's and our local petitions [with 280+ constituent names]) into Lantos' hands herself this weekend. She didn't know Lantos' feelings on the subject, but she said that Lantos' International Relations Committee is having hearings on the subject, and said she wouldn't be surprised if our information became part of the evidence at the hearing.
I made it very clear that we expect answers to the questions we were asking Lantos, and she and I agreed to follow up and stay in touch, although she couldn't say in what form we would expect our response.
I'll keep you posted!
August 17, 2005
The Honorable Tom Lantos
U.S. House of Representatives - District Office
400 S. El Camino Real, #410
San Mateo, CA 94402
We appreciate the opportunity to meet today with your representative, Betty Carlson. The members of our delegation are all 12th Congressional District constituents, and members of San Mateo Democracy for America, a grassroots political club chartered by the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee:
Ashleigh Evans, San Mateo
Soren Sorensen, Redwood City
Heather Stewart, San Mateo
John St. Peter, San Mateo
Gabe Wachob, Redwood City
Greg World, San Mateo
Today we represent not only our own club, but over half a million members of Democracy for America, with which we are affiliated, and other coalition groups. These meetings with Congressional offices are happening at approximately the same time all over the country.
Our message is simple: According to the recently revealed Downing Street Memos, British notes from a secret meeting with President Bush in 2002 indicate that "...Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and fact were being fixed around the policy." The Memo further states, "There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."
We believe that Congress should hold full hearings into whether the President misled us into the war in Iraq and whether he had a plan to get us out.
We are also asking you to support House Resolution 375, which, if passed, will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information 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."
Every week in Iraq, an average of 15 brave Americans die and another 125 are wounded (in addition to countless innocent Iraqis), and $1 billion from our treasury is spent. The American people, the majority of whom no longer support the war, deserve to know if we were misled into making this sacrifice and if there is a plan to extricate us from our occupation of Iraq.
We were very impressed with your co-sponsoring of the request last January for hearings into why $8.8 billion in Development Funds for Iraq were not properly accounted for. It is in this same spirit of accountability that we call on you to co-sponsor H. Res. 375. Your position as ranking minority member of the International Relations Committee makes your support especially valuable.
We're including petitions supporting the Resolution of Inquiry. There are 181 signers from the 12th Congressional District to a DFA online petition earlier this summer, and another 100+ constituent signatures collected during the first three and a half days of the San Mateo County Fair, which is now in progress.
We respectfully request your responses to the following questions:
1) What is your position on the Downing Street Memos ROI?
2) Will you join the other 45 Congressmembers currently co-sponsoring the resolution?
3) If you do not support it, can you share with us your reasons?
4) What would it require for you to support the resolution?
5) How can we help?
Again, we appreciate the opportunity to share with you our strong feelings about this issue, and we look forward to receiving your response in the near future.
Chair, San Mateo County Democracy for America
California Democratic Convention delegate from the 19th AD
Member, Executive Board of the California Democratic Party
Alternate, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee
Attached: Downing Street Memo
H. Res. 375
Would you like to urge Congressman Lantos to show leadership on this issue? Please do!
Information on the Resolution is here:
Lantos' contact information is here:
Email Form for Constituents: