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Even the Center for American Progress Action Fund Is Now Against the Supplemental, As Long As Pelosi Is


Reject The Toothless Supplemental
By Center for American Progress Action Fund

After weeks of negotiations with the White House in the wake of President Bush's veto of the Iraq war supplemental appropriations bill, congressional leaders relented yesterday by removing a timetable for withdrawal from the legislation, the first time this session that withdrawal proponents "had publicly agreed to allow a vote on war financing without a timetable for troop withdrawal." By acquiescing on their top goal, congressional leaders backed away from the views of a strong majority of Americans who believe a timetable for withdrawal is necessary to end the war. While the compromise legislation Bush will likely sign is a step forward, it includes language that would continue to grant the President the brunt of power for managing the war. The legislation is "expected to come before the House and the Senate tomorrow and to be sent to Bush no later than Friday." "I'm not likely to vote for something that doesn't have a timetable or a goal," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said yesterday. Members of Congress who believe in holding the President fully accountable and providing a visible end to the war should follow Pelosi's lead and vote against the supplemental this week.

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Robert E. Fisher, MSW,

With the Democrats "cave in" on no time lines for withdrawal in Iraq, and the failure of John Conyers, Jr. to set a hearing on H.RES. 333, it is time to vote Democratic incumbents out. Below are some winning strategies:

1. Run a candidate with name recognition. For example, coaxing Kweisi Mfume to run against Steny Hoyer, and Cindy Sheehan to run against Nancy Pelosi,would be ideal. Relacement of John Conyers, Jr., with Monica Conyers is a dream, but I toss it out anyway! No matter how powerful incumbents may be "inside the Beltway," their achilles' heel is in their Congressional Districts, where they can be easily attacked.

1. Coax potential candidates to run by suggesting that dedicated volunteers, such as, "Code Pink" would canvass precincts. The key term is "dedicated volunteers."

2. Do not outsource canvassers!

3. Understand the value of phone banks on election day. You win by getting people to the polls, who ordinarily would stay at home.

by, rbrtfis@aol.com

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