Stop the Murtha Withdrawal Amendment from Passage in the 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill
During the week of July 30th , the US House of Representatives is expected to vote on amendments to the 2008 Defense Appropriations bill, which will provide funding for our military next year. Representative John Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, announced on July 25th that he plans to introduce an amendment to the bill which would require that a withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq commence within 60 days of the bill's signing. According to Rep. Murtha, the bill "means to get the hell out of there."
Reports from Iraq indicate that the 'surge' is eliminating the Al-Qaeda network there, facilitating grassroots reconciliation between Shiites and Sunnis, and providing the peace and security in Baghdad necessary for the Iraqi state to succeed. It is irresponsible to begin withdrawing our soldiers in the midst of carrying out a successful strategy.
Call the US House switchboard at (202) 225-3121, ask to speak to your US Representative, and tell them to vote against the Murtha amendment for withdrawal and to allow our fighting men and women to implement the surge so that we may succeed in Iraq.
It is also expected that Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will introduce their amendment repealing the 2002 authorization for the Iraq war next week.
If you have not done so already, call the US Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to contact your Senators and demand that they vote against the Byrd-Clinton Amendment to repeal authorization, and allow the Baghdad Security Plan to be fully implemented.