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Monday, November 21, 2011

[haw-info] Not Thankful for the 2012 Defense Budget! Call Your Senators Today !


Please forward widely !
 
While the "Super" Committee works on the federal budget for FY 2013 and beyond, under the radar the Congress is moving forward with another huge Defense budget for FY 2012. When it returns from Thanksgiving break, the Senate will be voting on a $682.5 billion Defense Authorization bill.
This continues the war in Afghanistan and wastes unconscionable amounts of money at a time when there are massive cutbacks in domestic programs at the federal, state and local levels.
 
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) has just introduced Amendment No. 1174, requiring the President to present a plan "for an expedited withdrawal from Afghanistan prior to 2014." Co-sponsors are Senators Brown, Durbin, Gillibrand, Harkin, Lee, and Udall. For complete text
 
If your Senators are not on this list, please call them today and ask them to co-sponsor Amendment No. 1174 to the 2012 Defense Authorization bill. Remind them squandering billions of dollars on a failed war is against the best interest of American and Afghan people. Use the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) toll free number 1-877-429-0678 to call the congressional switchboard and ask to be connected to your Senators
 
While on the phone, it would be great if you could also urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee's excellent bill: HR 780 Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, which specifies that funding for US armed forces in Afghanistan shall be limited to the "safe and orderly withdrawal" of all US troops and Defense Department contractors. List of co-sponsors (65):
 
Please send any helpful feedback to hiscze@aol.com.
Carolyn Eisenberg on behalf of Historians Against War Steering Committee



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