Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tell the Senate: Support Our Troops and End the War by Voting YES on the Webb-Hagel Amendment

This week, Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) are introducing an amendment to the defense bill that -- if passed -- will finally provide relief to America's overextended military by mandating adequate time between deployments. This legislation could be the important first step in ending the war in Iraq because it will force President Bush to begin drawing down the number of troops deployed.

Senators Webb & Hagel introduced this same legislation back in July, but Republicans in the Senate blocked its passage because they knew that passing it would mean that the president could not sustain elevated troop levels in Iraq. In doing so, they showed that their "support the troops" rhetoric is nothing but empty words. The troop readiness amendment will come up again later this week in the Senate -- and this time there's a strong chance that we can get enough votes to pass it -- so please take action right away.
Click here to urge your senators to support our troops and vote yes on the Webb-Hagel troop readiness amendment.

This bi-partisan amendment will be one of a series of votes in upcoming weeks to compel senators to make a choice: do they continue to support the President's disastrous policies in Iraq? Or do they listen to the American people -- and the voice of reason -- and vote for a change of course?

It's plain for all to see that the occupation of Iraq is destroying our military readiness and has put our troops in a no-win situation without an exit strategy. Anyone who says they "support the troops," yet votes against this amendment, is a hypocrite, plain and simple.
Tell your senators to give our troops fair deployment lengths and adequate breaks between tours of duty by supporting the Webb-Hagel amendment.


Please call and ask these senators to support Jim Webb’s pro-troop amendment:

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

DC: 202-224-6665
Anchorage: 907-271-3735

George Voinovich (R-Ohio)
DC: (202) 224-3353
Cleveland: (216) 522-7095

Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina)
DC: 202-224-6342
Raleigh: 866-420-6083

John Warner (R-Virginia)
DC: (202) 224-2023
Roanoke: (540) 857-2676

Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
DC: 202-224-2541
Louisville: 502-82-6304

Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania)
DC: 202-224-4254
Harrisburg: (717) 782-3951

Bonus - Ask Harry Reid to “don’t let Republicans obstruct — make them stand and filibuster”:

DC: 202-224-3542
Las Vegas: 702-388-5020

with sincere thanks to Crooks and Liars & AmericaBlog

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