Next step to end the war

Members of Congress have failed to respond to the public demand for a change in policy in Iraq. They are about to approve, and the president will sign, legislation providing nearly $100 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without insisting on a change in policy.

Congress has capitulated to the stubborn demands of President Bush just as they were beginning to take steps to correct the failed U.S.
strategy in Iraq.

But we will have another chance to end the war in the next month. The Senate will soon have an opportunity to try again to change U.S. policy in Iraq. FCNL lobbyists have learned that bipartisan legislation to require the U.S. to engage in diplomatic talks to end the war and to set a date for withdrawal of U.S. forces will be introduced and could be voted on in June as part of the military authorization bill. Your senators need to hear from you and from other people in your community that you want them to support this legislation for a date certain to withdraw and diplomacy.

Take Action

Tell your senators not to vote more money for war in Iraq. Urge them to insist on a new policy in Iraq

(http://capwiz.com/fconl/utr/1/G ....), and ask two of your friends (http://capwiz.com/fconl/utr/1/G....) to do the same. Urge your senators to support the Iraq Study Group Recommendations Implementation Act when it comes to a vote in the Senate.

The following voted to continue funding:

Allard (R-CO)

Baucus (D-MT)

Bayh (D-IN)

Biden (D-DE)

Bingaman (D-NM)

Bond (R-MO)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Collins (R-ME)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Craig (R-ID)

Crapo (R-ID)

Dole (R-NC) Domenici (R-NM) Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Grassley (R-IA)

Harkin (D-IA)

Hutchison (R-TX)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Kohl (D-WI)

Kyl (R-AZ)

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Levin (D-MI)

Lieberman (ID-CT)

Lincoln (D-AR)

Lugar (R-IN)

Martinez (R-FL) McCain (R-AZ) McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Pryor (D-AR)

Roberts (R-KS)

Salazar (D-CO) Smith (R-OR)

Snowe (R-ME)

Specter (R-PA)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Tester (D-MT)

Voinovich (R-OH)

Background: Your Lobbying is Beginning to Work

The majority of the people in the U.S. support a new U.S. policy in Iraq. That new policy for Iraq is based on announcing a date certain for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, negotiations with Iraq's neighbors, and support for negotiations inside Iraq to bring the warring factions to a cease-fire and a political agreement for the stabilization of Iraq.

We at FCNL were encouraged earlier this year when bipartisan majorities in both the House and the Senate approved legislation that would have required the beginning of the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But, when the president vetoed that legislation, Congress could not come up with the two-thirds majority -- a super majority -- in each chamber to override the veto. For U.S. policy in Iraq to change, more members of Congress will have to change their votes.

Read FCNL lobbyist Jim Fine's memo: "Next Steps to End the War"

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