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Congress Votes on War!

This week, Congress may do something it has failed to do for the last two years: debate and vote on our latest war in Iraq and Syria. While America has dropped thousands of bombs, deployed thousands of troops, and spent billions of dollars, Congress has failed to perform its most basic responsibility: to debate and vote on the war. It is simply unconscionable that we are asking our men and women in uniform to risk their lives in a war that Congress is too cowardly to vote on.

Luckily, Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) are standing up to demand that Congress do its job. They just introduced an amendment to the must-pass Defense Appropriations Bill that would force the House of Representatives to vote on the war. The House could vote as early as tomorrow, so we need you to reach out to your Representative today and ask them to support this important proposal!

Make your voice heard today: Call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at (202) 224- 3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative.

Here’s what you can say:

  • Please SUPPORT Amendment #44, introduced by Congressman McGovern and several other Members, to H.R. 5293, the Defense Appropriations Bill.
  • This bipartisan amendment would force Congress to fulfill its constitutional duty of debating the use of military force in Iraq and Syria.
  • I oppose our latest war in Iraq and Syria. After years of endless war, it’s time to bring our troops and our tax dollars home.

The McGovern Amendment would force Congress to vote on the war in Iraq and Syria, and, importantly, if Congress continues to shirk its constitutional duty, it would bring our troops home. In the words of Rep. McGovern, “If this House doesn’t have the stomach to carry out its constitutional duty to debate and authorize this latest war, then we should bring our troops home. If the cowardly Congress can go home each night to their families and loved ones, then our brave troops should receive that same privilege.”

The hard truth is that war is not working. We know this much as we watch the carnage in Syria, the collapse of Afghanistan, the ongoing consequences of the war in Iraq, and the spread of violent attacks. The good news is that some Members of Congress are also beginning to question our militaristic foreign policy. Last week, thanks in part to your efforts, the Senate rejected an amendment to add another $18 billion to the Pentagon’s budget. Now every Representative will also have a chance to vote to end endless war.

Please ask your Representative to stand up against endless war today. Call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at (202) 224- 3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative.

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