From FCNL-House to vote again on Iraq

This week the House voted 399 to 24 to extend the ban on the U.S.
building permanent bases in Iraq past the end of September 2007.
Although this measure by itself will not stop the war or the president's plans for a long-term military presence in Iraq, the House action is another demonstration that members of Congress are concerned about the direction of U.S. policy in Iraq.

But the campaign to persuade Congress to change course still has a long way to go. A minority of Senators last week again blocked legislation to require the U.S. to begin withdrawing combat troops from Iraq. After that vote, the Senate leadership withdrew a military policy bill without allowing a vote on legislation to turn the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group into U.S. policy. Read more on why we at FCNL believe this bipartisan legislation is the next practical step that Congress should take to change U.S. policy on Iraq:

he House has scheduled more votes on Iraq policy next week just before members of Congress go home for the August recess. The Iraq Study Group Implementation Act (H.R. 2574) has strong bipartisan support. This legislation would set the U.S. on a new course in Iraq by making serious regional diplomacy, negotiations with Iraq's warring factions, and U.S. troop withdrawals unavoidable.

Take Action Urge your representative to cosponsor the bipartisan Iraq Study Group Implementation Act (H.R. 2574) and to vote to attach this legislation as an amendment to the Defense appropriations bill when it comes to the floor of the House in early August.

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