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UNITED FOR PEACE + JUSTICE = UFPJ Legislative Update friday july 6th 2007 = CONGRESS WORKS ON IRAQ WAR MONDAY--please call your senators + house members MONDAY at 202-224-3121 = END THE WAR = 160 BILLION REQUEST THIS WEEK??

UFPJ Legislative Update
Friday, July 6, 2007

1. Sample Alert for Monday - Congress back in town to vote, vote, vote on Iraq2. National Legislative Conference Call - July 10

  1. Iraq Cabinet approves hydro-carbon law
  2. More voices Against the War

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Pelosi and Reid have promised many votes this month on Iraq-related measures.  For the most part, we don't yet know the language of the measures that will get voted on, or exactly when in the next few weeks the votes will come.  But, it is very important that they hear from us while they are focused on Iraq -- there is a sample alert at the end of this email that you can use to alert people in your district and state on Monday or later in the week.. [Warning: the alert sends people to our webpage, which will be updated by Monday with all the promised information]

2.
UFPJ Legislative Network
National Conference Call
Tuesday, July 10
9:00 pm eastern time

call this number: 605-990-0700 enter this code: 144801
this is a normal long distance call, there is not an additional charge for the conference call

3. Cabinet approves Oil Law
According to Reuters: " A draft oil law was approved on Tuesday by the cabinet of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and now must be debated in parliament. But a number of legislators from both sides of the Arab sectarian divide have halted their attendance".

4. Catholics and Mayors against the War
Thirteen Catholic members of Congress write to Catholic Bishops asking for help ending the war:
http://www.house.gov/delauro/press/2007/ July/Catholic_Iraq_07_03_07.html
The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling on Bush to bring the troops home:
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007 06/26/2118

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Sample Alert:
Subject line: Don't Mend it, END it!

Dear friend:
Congress returns from the 4th of July recess today, eager to confront Bush on the war in Iraq.  Republicans are beginning to say publically that they have lost patience with his conduct of the war.  With that political cover, more Democrats now will be willing to vote for troops to come home.  Starting today, the Senate will begin to vote on amendments on the Iraq War, and the House will follow with a number of votes in the next weeks.

So why aren't we satisfied?

Too many members of Congress may support a troop reduction but settle for a modified version of  the US occupation of Iraq.  They may vote to bring 'combat' troops home, but """allow Bush to keep tens of thousands of  U.S. forces in Iraq to fight terrorism, protect U.S. installations and train Iraqi troops""".  

They are doing nothing to address the growing numbers of U.S. mercenaries involved in the occupation (mercenaries now outnumber troops in Iraq).  

We are concerned that many members of Congress will be willing open the door to a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq in exchange for the near term withdrawal of some troops.  According to the Wall Street Journal, "Defense Secretary Robert Gates and some allies in the Bush administration are seeking to build bipartisan political support for a long-term U.S. presence in Iraq by moving toward withdrawing significant numbers of troops from Iraq by the end of President Bush's term" (July 3, 2007) This is a dangerous development.

Call your Senators and your Representative Today
Tell them:
I know you will be faced with a number of votes on Iraq in the near future.
I want you to support only measures that will bring all U.S. troops and military contractors home from Iraq immediately.  Please don't allow any troops to be left behind.
Halfway measures to bring some troops home from Iraq are not acceptable -- A long term U.S. troop presence in Iraq will only de-stabilize the country and the region.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach their offices.
Find out who your Senators and Representative are HERE

Background:

The Senate will take up the $648 Billion Defense Authorization Bill this week, and will consider a number of Iraq-related amendments including troop readiness standards, timelines for combat troop withdrawals, revoking authorization for the war and more.  The exact language of most of these amendments is not yet available, and we cannot be certain of the timing of the votes.  We can be certain that the Senate will vote a number of times this week on Iraq, and they have to hear from us starting today!

Speaker Pelosi has promised that the House will vote on a number of Iraq measures in July, including combat troop withdrawal timelines, de-authorization, and a ban on permanent U.S. bases in Iraq.  As in the Senate, we are not yet certain which bills will be brought to the floor for a vote, or when.  

As specifics become available, they will be posted at http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.ph p?list=type&type=100 /

Looking Ahead
Votes in July on Iraq will be the prologue for a showdown on funding for the war in September.  That's when Congress will vote on $145 billion for the Iraq and Afganistan wars.  Congress will adjourn on August 3 for a month-long recess, giving peace activists across the country one last opportunity to make the case for an end to the war and occupation.  Check http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.ph p?list=type&type=100 for resources and ideas for August actions in your state or district.

--
Sue Udry
Legislative Action Coordinator
United for Peace and Justice
301-565-4050 x315

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CLICK TO EMAIL YOUR SENATORS ON IRAQ:

http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/org anizationsORG/justforeignpolicy.org/camp aign.jsp?campaign_KEY=7200

Ask your Senators to support step toward end of Iraq war
Majorities in both houses of Congress have approved dates for withdrawal from Iraq, but the President has threatened to veto legislation establishing a timetable for withdrawal.

In response, Congress should increase its pressure on the President by asserting its Constitutional role more forcefully. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed legislation championed by Senator Russ Feingold to set a firm deadline for the withdrawal of most US troops in one year. It would end funding for the war after March 31, 2008, with some exceptions. While this is not as soon as many of us would like, this legislation would take our nation a big step in the right direction. The more Senators support it, the more pressure there will be on the President to end the war.

You can use the tool below to write your Senators and ask them to support the Reid-Feingold legislation to help end the war in Iraq.

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http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/issues/ iraq.html

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Iraq

Shrine Ali Najaf

The presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is the number one cause of violence, terrorism, and the increasing slide towards civil war. The most extreme elements that have carried out suicide bombings against civilians and have been pushing Iraq closer to open civil war derive their legitimacy from their opposition to the U.S. troops. When American soldiers leave, that legitimacy will fade and the chances for a peaceful, negotiated solution will increase. Press reports of negotiations between insurgents and the United States indicate that a major sticking point for the insurgents is that the Americans won't offer a timetable for their withdrawal. A range of polls show the majority of the Iraqis, as high as 82 percent in a recent poll by the British Defense Ministry, want the U.S. troops out. Our government doesn't want to leave until it can be assured of an Iraqi government that it can control. But that is not going to happen. Our urgent priority is to pressure our government to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq this year.

Expected Supplemental Funding Request
USA Today and Congressional Quarterly have reported that the Pentagon is considering a $160 billion supplemental appropriations request from the Armed Forces for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even if the request is trimmed down, to just over $120 billion, this would be a record supplemental funding request.

George Cahlink, "Fiscal 2007 War Supplemental http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item _id=2171&issue_id=35

Expected to Be Largest Yet: Pentagon Prepares $160 Billion http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item _id=2171&issue_id=35

Request for Iraq War," Congressional Quarterly, November 7, 2006.
Richard Wolf, "Military may ask "$127B for wars,"http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/ 2006-11-16-iraq-costs_x.htm

USA Today, November 16, 2006.
Casualties
American Military Deaths in Iraq http://www.antiwar.com/casualties/

 Total In Combat
Since war began: 3592 2969
Since 5/1/2003: 3453 2862
  Official Estimated
Total Wounded: 26558 23000 - 100000

U.S. Deaths as of October 11, 2006: 2755 (Iraq Coalition Casualty Count) http://icasualties.org/oif/

U.S. Wounded as of September 30, 2006: http://icasualties.org/oif/ByState.aspx

20,687 (Iraq Coalition Casualty Count)
(note that the ICC page gives breakdowns by U.S. state)

Johns Hopkins study http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/pr ess_releases/2006/burnham_iraq_2006.html

estimates an additional 655,000 Iraqis died as a result of the invasion and occupation, between May 2003 and July 2006.
Reported Iraqi civilian deaths (compiled from Western media reports by Iraq Body Count)

Polling
Recent polling: http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm
should the United States set a time-table for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq?
PollingReport.com
For recent news on Iraq, see our newsroom.

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