Eye On Congress

From CLW Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq

I am not sure this is as good news as the Council for a Livable World seems
to think, Congress still has not exercised its right to control the purse,
but I thought you should see this. Val

Good news came last week when the House Appropriations Committee voted 36-28 to endorse a Democratic proposal to require the withdrawal of U.S. combat
troops by September 1, 2008, and sooner still if tangible advances towards
peace and Iraqi responsibility are not achieved. The proposal was attached

It's Time for a Plan to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

by David Krieger

In early January 2007, a surprising commentary appeared in the Wall Street Journal pleading for US leadership to move toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The surprise emanated from the identity of the writers: four prominent former high-level US foreign and defense policy officials, a bipartisan group with impeccable hawkish credentials-George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn.

From CLW-Reid Resolution to withdraw troops

"When members [of Congress] speak not of victory but of time limits, deadlines and other arbitrary measures, they are telling the enemy simply to watch the clock and wait us out," said Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Cheney was objecting to Democratic efforts to force the withdrawal of U.S.
troops from Iraq.

From WILPF Philadelphia Office-Support Lee Amendment in the House to bring troops home

Are you ready for U.S. troops to stop combat operations in Iraq and start packing their bags to come home?

Are you ready for them to bring all U.S. military contractors home with them?

Are you ready for Congress to stop funding the war and occupation and tell the Pentagon that they can only spend money to bring the troops safely home?

Then Call your Representative today Tell them to support the Lee Amendment to restrict pentagon spending in Iraq to funding only the safe withdrawal of U.S. troops and contractors by the end of this year at the latest.

FCNL-Runaway Military Budget

The Council For A Livable World gave the following Senators ratings for their votes on national security issues:

Runaway Military Budget

The Council For A Livable World gave the following Senators ratings for
their votes on national security issues:

AZ: McCain 25% Kyl 0% AR Lincoln 83% Pryor 63$ CA Boxer 91%
Feinstein 83% CO Salazar 75% Allard 0% CT Dodd 83% Lieberman 33%
DE Biden 75% Carper 75% FL Nelson 50% Martinez 8% IL Obama 83% Durbin 91%
IN Bayh 50% Lugar 33% IA Grassley 8% Harkin 100% ME Snowe 16% Collins 25%

Stop an attack on Iran

The following was received from Nebraskans for Peace & Justice, which has
been working for more than 35 years to alert the public about U.S. Strategic
Command.

Contact your senators and congress people and demand that they take action
to prevent Bush and his cohorts from attacking Iran. This is the WMD
scare all over again.

February 15
For Immediate Release

International Media Advisory on U.S. Strategic Command
And the Impending Attack on Iran

Preliminary Analysis of the President's Budget

The Bush administration asked Congress February 5 for a $2.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2008 (FY08) that includes nearly a trillion dollars for the military and short changes successful programs to help low income people put food on their table, keep warm in the winter, and see a doctor when they are sick. The budget proposals presented to Congress are the first stage of a multi-part process that should eventually result in Congress passing legislation to set the parameters for federal government spending in the fiscal year that stretches from October 1, 2007 to September 31, 2008.

Center for Arms Control Analysis of Pentagon's FY2008 budget

February 5, 2007

ANALYSIS OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 PENTAGON SPENDING REQUEST HIGHLIGHTS

Take Action on Iraq

The Senate is expected to vote next week on a non-binding resolution rejecting the escalation of the war in Iraq. Write your senators today. Urge them to support the Biden resolution (S. Con. Res. 2) that rejects the escalation of the war as an important first step. But Congress should also articulate a political strategy that includes support for peace talks among Iraqis, support for a regional peace process that includes Iran and Syria, and a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops while also limiting the president¹s power to wage war against Iran and Syria

Take Action on Iraq

The Senate is expected to vote next week on a non-binding resolution
rejecting the escalation of the war in Iraq. Write your senators today. Urge
them to support the Biden resolution (S. Con. Res. 2) that rejects the
escalation of the war as an important first step. But Congress should also
articulate a political strategy that includes support for peace talks among
Iraqis, support for a regional peace process that includes Iran and Syria,
and a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops while also limiting the

From FCNL-Stop U.S.-India Nuclear Arms Deal

This week the people voted to send a new Congress to Washington, changing the balance of power and electing new leadership in the House. But before that new Congress takes office in January, the old Congress will reconvene here in Washington next week for a ³lame duck² session.
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