Late last year, we warned you that hawks in Congress were working to blow up the nuclear talks by passing a new sanctions bill, directly violating the commitments made by the U.S. and our international partners at the negotiating table. Since then, over 100,000 activists like you signed petitions, sent emails, and called Congress to stand up for diplomacy.
Today, we’re happy to tell you that, thanks to you, we’re winning. Together, we beat back the hawks, defended diplomacy, and gave our negotiators crucial time to help secure a lasting, sustainable nuclear agreement.
As expected, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced their diplomacy-killing sanctions bill. But, rather than the quick passage they were seeking, President Obama announced in the State of the Union that he would veto the bill. His threat was matched by the commitment of Senate Democrats to support negotiations, a commitment made possible because you helped stiffen their spines. Your phone calls and emails reminded them that, all across the country, Americans support diplomacy and don’t want to see Congress kill the talks by passing new sanctions.
Make no mistake, we are winning. With your help, we have secured truly important political space for our nation’s best diplomats to do their job at the negotiating table. We’re one step closer to solving one of America’s most important security threats without dropping a single bomb. This is how you win without war!
Now here’s the bad news.
War hawks are planning to blow up negotiations once and for all this March. As you’ve probably heard, Speaker Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak to Congress on March 3. That’s also when Senator Menendez has promised to re-start his push for new sanctions.
Stop Congressional war hawks from dragging us into another endless war. Please contact Congress and encourage your friends to take action.