On July 20th, Congressdivas Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee, and Maxine Waters sent a letter to the President, signed by 70 Representatives,
"We are writing to inform you that
we will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations
in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment
of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office. […]"
These champions of peace understand that the only thing that will stop the war in Iraq is if Congress votes to stop funding all military operations, except to remove all U.S. soldiers and contractors from Iraq on a rapid and binding timeline. This fall, Congress will vote on another $142 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY 2008.
Let's support the Lee-Waters-Woolsey effort to add names to their letter vowing not to fund Bush's War. Ask your Representative to sign on to the letter to Bush pledging they will no longer buy his war!
Below you'll find the text of the letter, the list of representatives who have signed it, and resources to help you talk with your Congressperson about signing on.
Resources for your Congressional visits:
If you are taking action to encourage your congressperson to sign onto this letter, please let us know by emailing locals[at]codepinkalert.org. CODEPINK National can help you with creative ideas and support to make your efforts a success!
encourage all members of Congress to add their signatures to this letter.
The original letter was sent on July 19 with 70 signatures. An updated version
with added signatures will be sent to the President at the end of September.
July 20, 2007
Dear Mr. President:
We are writing to inform you that we will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office.
More than 3,600 of our brave soldiers have died in Iraq. More than 26,000 have been seriously wounded. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed or injured in the hostilities and more than 4 million have been displaced from their homes.
Furthermore, this conflict has degenerated into a sectarian civil war and U.S. taxpayers have paid more than $500 billion, despite assurances that you and your key advisors gave our nation at the time you ordered the invasion in March, 2003 that this military intervention would cost far less and be paid from Iraqi oil revenues.
We agree with a clear and growing majority of the American people who are opposed to continued, open-ended U.S. military operations in Iraq, and believe it is unwise and unacceptable for you to continue to unilaterally impose these staggering costs and the soaring debt on Americans currently and for generations to come.
79 Democratic and Republican members of Congress:
Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Chris Murphy (Conn.)