by Kevin Martin and Paul Kawika Martin
Instead of responding to President George “Commander Guy” Bush’s veto of the nearly $100 billion supplemental war funding bill with a proposal to only fund the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. troops, contractors and bases from Iraq, the House of Representatives will vote Thursday or Friday on a plan to give Bush $40 billion now and force a second vote in July on the balance of the money. The second vote will be conditioned on “benchmarks” to be met by the Iraqi government.
Media reports will portray this as a crafty challenge to Bush by the congressional leadership (though early reports are the Senate will not take this approach, so a conference committee will presumably need to be called in the next week or so to reconcile the House and Senate bills).
Make no mistake, this is a vote to continue funding the war. Peace Action has never supported a dime for this war, and we’re not about to start now.
There will be many more rounds in this legislative saga this summer, and we will keep track of and work to impact the to-ing and fro-ing between Bush and Congress.
But we need to remain clear and consistent in our demands to Congress, and right now, today, is an opportunity to tell your representative you want this war to end – period.
Please call your representative today (you can reach him or her through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121) and urge a vote against the supplemental appropriations bill that continues funding the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. While you’re at it, call back two more times and tell your Senators to bring our troops home for the holidays.
After calling, please leave us a post here to tell us how your call went.