$163 billion more of our tax dollars for the occupation of Iraq

In-depth Report:

On Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will try again to force the House to approve $163 billion more of our tax dollars for the occupation of Iraq – nearly $100 billion for 2008 plus nearly $70 billion more for 2009.

Last week, your passionate calls persuaded several Democrats to vote no and helped delay the vote for a week. Please call your House Representative again today at 202-224-3121!

We are outraged because this Democratic Congress was elected to end the occupation, not fund it forever. A new Democrats.com poll found an overwhelming 68% of Americans want to bring our troops safely home within 6 months – a significant increase from 54% last September.

As our economy tanks, we cannot afford to waste $163 billion more of our tax dollars for Iraq on top of the $562 billion we’ve already wasted and the $3-5 trillion overall cost, included tripling the price of gasoline.

On Tuesday, the conservative voters in Mississippi’s 1st CD elected a Democrat, Travis Childers, because he promised to bring our troops home from Iraq. There is absolutely no political reason for any Representative to vote for the occupation.

So it’s urgent for everyone to call his or her House Representative (not Senators) today with a simple message: Not One More Penny to Occupy Iraq!

This battle is far from impossible. On January 16, 42 progressive Democrats voted against the last $70 billion blank check. This week, 21 more Democrats promised to vote no (see below). Most Republicans oppose Pelosi’s bill because it includes some domestic spending, so a large bloc of progressive Democrats can defeat it.

Call the switchboard at 202-224-3121 or find your House Representative’s name and direct dial by entering your address on the right side here. Please report the results of your call here:

Thanks for all you do!

Voted No 1/16/08
Promised No 5/08

Baldwin, Tammy, WI02
Capuano, Michael, MA08
Clarke, Yvette, NY11
Clay, Lacy, MO01
Conyers, John, MI14
Davis, Danny, IL07
DeFazio, Peter, OR04
Delahunt, William, MA10
Doggett, Lloyd, TX25
Ellison, Keith, MN05
Fattah, Chaka, PA02
Filner, Bob, CA51
Frank, Barney, MA04
Grijalva, Raul, AZ07
Holt, Rush, NJ12
Jackson, Jesse, IL02
Kucinich, Dennis, OH10
Lee, Barbara, CA09
Lewis, John, GA05
Markey, Edward, MA07
McDermott, Jim, WA07
McGovern, James, MA03
Miller, George, CA07
Moore, Gwen, WI04
Oberstar, James, MN08
Olver, John, MA01
Pallone, Frank, NJ06
Pastor, Ed, AZ04
Payne, Donald, NJ10
Schakowsky, Janice, IL09
Serrano, Jose, NY16
Stark, Pete, CA13
Tierney, John, MA06
Towns, Edolphus, NY10
Velázquez, Nydia, NY12
Waters, Maxine, CA35
Watson, Diane, CA33
Welch, Peter, VT00
Woolsey, Lynn, CA06
Wu, David, OR01
Wynn, Al, MD04
Yarmuth, John, KY03

Abercrombie, Neil, HI01
Allen, Tom, ME01
Andrews, Rob, NJ01
Arcuri, Michael, NY4
Blumenauer, Earl, OR03
Carnahan, Russ, MO03,
Cummings, Elijah, MD07
Doyle, Michael, PA14
Eshoo, Anna, CA14
Harman, Jane, CA36
Hooley, Darlene, OR05
Hinchey, Maurice, NY22
Maloney, Carolyn, NY14
McCarthy, Carolyn, NY04
Nadler, Jerry, NY08
Rangel, Charlie, NY15
Rothman, Steve, NJ09
Tauscher, Ellen, CA10
Shea-Porter, Carol, NH01
Waxman, Henry, CA30
Weiner, Anthony, NY09

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