Prevent the Senate from Writing Defeat into Law in the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill
Following the Fourth of July recess, the United States Senate began work on S 1548, the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which lays out the rules for what the military can and cannot spend money on for the next year. Anti-victory groups are pushing for three different amendments which will undermine the mission in Iraq, and resources for the soldiers undertaking that mission. We absolutely must defeat these amendments to allow the 'surge' to be completely implemented and provide the full fruits of progress to the mission.
The Levin Amendment, introduced by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, would set a timetable for withdrawal that must begin within 120 days of the bill's passage and must be completed by April of 2008.
It is also expected that Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) may also introduce their amendment repealing the 2002 authorization for the Iraq war.
Call the US Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to contact your Senators and demand that they vote against the Levin Amendment for arbitrary withdrawal, vote against the Byrd-Clinton Amendment to repeal authorization, and allow the Baghdad Security Plan to be fully implemented.
Update: The Levin-Reed Amendment failed to pass the 60-vote threshold required for passage with a 52-47 vote. Good job, and keep up the pressure on Byrd-Clinton!