The Obama administration asked Congress for another $83.4 billion from for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That funding was then increased to $94.2 billion by the House Appropriations Committee and is about to go before Congress for a vote as early as this Thursday.
Members of Congress need to hear from as many of their constituents as possible that this war funding bill is unacceptable! Please call your Congress person today and tell them to oppose the bill.
Call your Representative at 1-800-517-5696 and ask to speak to their Foreign Policy staffer, if available. Click here to look up your Representative’s name.
Let them know that you want your Representative to:
~ Vote against the supplemental war funding;
Ask them (or thank them if they already cosponsored) also to demonstrate leadership to end the occupation in Afghanistan by joining over 40 other Representatives and co-sponsor Representative Jim McGovern’s (D-MA) bill that would require President Obama to provide an exit plan for Afghanistan no later than December 2009.
~ Support amendments that:
1. Provide timelines for bringing troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq
2. Promote Afghan- and Iraqi-led aid and development
3. Increase funding for refugees
4. Support women’s rights
Now, if you’re feeling like a super activist, pick up the phone again and call both of your Senators and follow the same script above except ask them to introduce an amendment like McGovern’s. The Senate will most likely vote for war funding next week.
The answers congressional staff tell you is very important intelligence for the coalition of groups working to change policy in the Afghanistan region. Please go to our blog and post your Rep.’s name, who you talked to and what they said.