Congress votes TODAY and they need to hear from you!

Last Updated on May 20, 2014.

This week, the House of Representatives is voting on key national security legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill will feature a number of amendments on key issues for progressives, and your Members of Congress needs to hear from you!

Please contact your Representative TODAY about these key amendments to the NDAA. 

Call using this special toll-free* number: 1-855-68 NO WAR (1-855-686-6927). This number will connect you with the Capitol Switchboard operator, and you should ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. Introduce yourself as a constituent, and then explain your positions on the following amendments:

SUPPORT Amendment #21, the Schiff (D-CA)-Garamendi (D-CA) amendment to repeal the 2001 authorization for the use of military force. The AUMF has been used as the legal justification for 13 years of war in Afghanistan, the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and an expanding drone war. 

‘OCO’ Slush Fund 
SUPPORT Amendment #138, the Mulvaney (R-SC)-Murphy (D-FL) bipartisan amendment to clarify which programs can be sustained by the “overseas contingency operations,” a budget designed to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. With the wars winding down, Congress needs to move the OCO into the base budget and make responsible reductions to reflect post-war needs. 

OPPOSE Amendment #9, the Walorski (R-IN) amendment prohibiting the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees to Yemen. With over half of the detainees cleared for transfer being Yemeni, Rep. Walorski’s amendment would make it impossible to ever close Guantanamo. 

SUPPORT Amendment #10, the Smith (D-WA)- Moran (D-VA)-Nadler (D-NY) amendment remove many of the restrictions preventing Guantanamo’s closure and enable President Obama to close Gitmo by 2016. 

Please take two minutes right now to call your Representative on these important issues. Call 1-855-686-6927 TODAY!


*Toll-free number provided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation

May 20, 2014