Thursday, May 22, 2008

War Funding Updates

Friends Committee On National Legislation

Iraq: Senate Votes More Money for War

By a vote of 70 to 26, the Senate today passed a supplemental funding bill providing $165 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Find out how your senators voted. The Senate did not insist on any new policies, and it did not curtail the administration's ability to sign a security agreement with Iraq locking the United States into a long-term military presence. Find out more.

Congress moved one step closer last week to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, eliminated funding for a plan to construct new nuclear weapons, even though her district is home to a bomb plant that would profit from the proposal. Urge your representative to join Chairwoman Tauscher and learn more.
And the GI Bill passes in the Senate:
Today marked another historic vote on the GI Bill. After last week's remarkable victory in the House of Representatives, today the bill passed the Senate by an overwhelming vote of 75-22.


  1. thanks for providing the links so that we can act upon these important issues. war is never the answer!

  2. Thank you - I am sorry to see that Obama did not vote. I don't like that.

    I am relieved that Hillary, who is often hawkish voted no at last.

  3. I agree with both Lib and Fran - thank you for this update. I've kind of sworn off political tv in the afternoon, not that I would get this kind of important info from the corporate media anyway since it doesn't focus on the horse race.

  4. Regarding the GI Bill especially, I liked the comment that Crooks & Liars (see made about it:

    "It’s interesting how vulnerable Republicans suddenly start to notice the merit of Democratic legislation six months before Election Day, isn’t it?"

    Actually, war can be the answer, but we should never ever under any circumstances ask those questions...

  5. Again, thank you, Gina, for providing these links. You make it so quick and easy for us to contact the right people.

  6. Lib: Thanks, luv, for everything you do. I learn a lot from your blog.

    Fran: You're right. I noticed also that McCain didn't vote. And how disspointing that so many Dems voted pro-war. I was actually shocked and ever so saddened by that. I may very well register as an independent again after the election. I"m so disgusted.

    DCup: I can't tell you how happy I am that you're home! Thanks for stopping by, luv.

    Winston: Crooks And Liars make a good point. And my blog friend 99 (neufneuf)also makes a point to the effect that they voted for more war money and gave us the GI Bill as a consolation prize. Check out her blog - link's on my blog list.

    One of my mailings states that this funding for the Iraq war will make it even harder, if not impossible, for a new candidate to stop the war. That is terrifying and discouraging and depressing and makes me so angry I don't even know what to do with it all.

  7. At least there's movement toward REALLY supporting out troops rather than just funding the Meat Grinder of War.

    It's great to see you passionate about these issues - you're a powerhouse when you're fired up!


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