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Money for War Advances in Senate: What Next?

May 18, 2010

Congress has an opportunity to set an exit strategy for the war in Afghanistan, but will they take it?

The opportunity comes as the Senate prepares to vote on the president’s $33 billion request to pay for expanding the war in Afghanistan.  The  Afghanistan war money is part of a larger $58.8 billion supplemental spending bill that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a 30-0 vote on May 13. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on before they leave for their Memorial Day recess on May 28.

Can you help FCNL use the war supplemental vote to change the debate on Afghanistan? We at FCNL oppose any new money to pay for the failed U.S. war policies in Afghanistan. At the same time, FCNL lobbyists expect that the full Senate will approve the war supplemental, which also includes money for Haiti earthquake relief and Midwest flood relief and other disasters.

Urge your senators to oppose the emergency war supplemental bill when it comes to the Senate floor. But don’t just stop there. Tell your senators that even if they don’t agree with you and do support more money for the failing U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan, at a minimum the senate should insist on conditioning the war money with a requirement that the administration develop an exit strategy and a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Urge your senators to cosponsor and support legislation introduced by Senator Russ Feingold S. 3197, that would require an exit strategy from Iraq. Already, as of May 18, some 87 representatives have signed up as cosponsors of similar legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern (MA) in the House.

We may not be able to block the war funding bill. But we can let Congress know there are millions of people in this country oppose to the Afghanistan war. As FCNL’s Jim Fine has explained, we at FCNL will be using every Congressional vote on Afghanistan to build support for a new U.S. policy that at a minimum focuses on beginning the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by July 2011.

  1. Dr, Van & Lois Hamilton permalink
    May 18, 2010 4:18 pm

    Only Congress can stop these endless wars and occupations by refusing to continue funding them. Why is it that our tax dollars cannot be used to provide health care for all Americans, but there is not even a debate over another $33 Billion Supplemental War Funding Bill? This is immoral and wrong! We are sick of having our tax dollars spent on these unending “forever wars”. Enough is enough! Our schools and highways are falling apart. Programs of social uplift are disappearing, yet people we voted into power to represent us are throwing our money into the bottomless pit of armaments and war! We need to get our priorities straight. Our country is hurting. Our people are hurting! NO MORE MONEY FOR WAR & WEAPONS!!!

  2. Ernest Goitein permalink
    May 18, 2010 5:44 pm

    Occupying another country cannot be a winning strategy. Our country is broke. We need $$ for education, infrastructure, job creation programs, healthcare. What kind of idiots are running our country?

  3. Frank Swift permalink
    May 19, 2010 8:32 am

    Early in Obama’s role as our new president, we had gained respect worldwide because of promises since then, broken. We’ve become a nation governed by war profiteers and and huge financial and corporate interests.
    A government “by the people, of the people and for the people” has been thoroughly dismantled and the voices of the people and the few in congress who actually represent us have been ignored.

    The illegal, immoral wars causing deaths and maiming of our combat troops, Afghan and Pakistan civilians, and misery for their relatives and friends, create more resentment and hatred of our country every day. Suicides and AOLs among our troops who see the futility and lack of an honorable cause, are at their highest levels in military history
    Even our “allies” are questioning the wisdom of our militaristic approach to “fighting terrorism”. The cost of this policy of perpetual war takes us deeper and deeper into debt, as well. The Generals in charge, openly admit there is no hope of a “military victory”.

    We’ve been warned many times over the past several decades by military, political, religious and diplomatic leaders., of this tendency toward self destruction. MLK told us that those of us who are aware of the trend of violence are equally responsible for it unless we speak out loudly, demanding sanity from our leaders.

    I believe it will take nothing less than millions of informed citizens to descend on DC so our demands for stopping the atrocities cannot be ignored.

  4. donald landers permalink
    May 19, 2010 8:55 am

    Since war was never declared by Congress I don’t even understand why they need money to fight a non-war.

  5. donald landers permalink
    May 19, 2010 8:57 am

    Since war was never declared by Congress I see no need for funds to fight a non-war.

  6. Elsie Speck permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:23 am

    I am so tired of this war and this country’s continued use of military might to solve problems. Will we ever get it right? It is so disheartening to read day after day the billions spent on armaments, the devastation it is doing to countries and their people, and the terrible impact it is having on our young men engaged in our recent two wars. That is to say the broken bodies and souls returning after their illegal combat. Will this insanity ever end, and will we see the devastation all the bombings must be having on the environment. That is the true war we need to be fighting…against global warming and all of its perils to mainly the poor of the world. I think Obama is asleep at the humanitarian, justice wheel, and has taken up the usual wheel of military fortune. And all of humanity is left holding the bag, except those who love the wars, and never saw a bomb, or military piece of hardware they couldn’t live without.

  7. November 3, 2010 6:28 pm

    Please support Russ Feingold’s #3197 to get out of Afhganistan.



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