Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Increase Peace, Stop More War in Iraq

While we were all disappointed to see the Senate's lack of action to stop U.S. escalation in Iraq, last week's Senate skirmish has given us insight on how to proceed in the House. The White House's fight to stop a vote or even a real debate on escalation in the Senate has shown that the hawks are on the run.

Because of the Senate's impotence last week, we need to focus on the House this week. The House of Representatives will be debating Iraq policy all week and voting on H.Con.Res. 63 to disapprove of escalation on Friday. Your Representative needs to hear from you on this important issue; Email your representative now and urge them to step up and lead us out of the quagmire in Iraq!

Ask your representative to take two important steps to bringing our troops home:

  1. Tell them to send a strong message of disapproval to the President by voting against escalation this week. While the non-binding resolution (H.Con.Res. 63) being voted this week on won't end the occupation, it will help to build bi-partisan consensus and momentum to really support our troops by bringing them home.
  2. Urge your representative to cosponsor H.R. 746 , the binding "Safe and Orderly Withdrawal from Iraq Act" introduced by Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA). This bill would start withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq within 30 days of passage and requires that all U.S. military and contracted forces be out of Iraq within six months.

Given the cowardly acquiescence of Senate Republicans to the White House last week, it is especially important that we get House Republicans to vote against escalation this week. Voting against escalation will send a strong message to leadership that as our representatives they're obligated to listen to the people - and the people want to end the war!

The Americans who volunteered for military service as well as the people of Iraq are counting on us to end the occupation as soon as possible. Taking two minutes to email your representative to vote against the escalation and cosponsor H.R. 746 is a simple way that you can help those who are counting on us to get them out of harm's way.


Kevin M. Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action Education Fund

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