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Ron Paul Plus 69 Democrats Promise To Defund War

Posted by jeremiasx on July 20, 2007

In a rare show of defiance, a large group of mostly House Democrats sent a letter to the White House saying that they will not support any military funding for Iraq unless it includes a complete withdrawal of combat troops, reports Politico’s “The Crypt” blog.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was the only Republican to sign the letter.

“This is a big development,” writes Josephine Hearn. “Earlier this year, liberals grudgingly voted for Iraq funding bills because they didn’t want to give Nancy Pelosi a defeat. Now it seems that their patience has run out.”

It appears that the the showdown between Congress and President Bush is scheduled for September at the next funding bill vote.

The full text of the letter is available below:


Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to inform you that we will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office.

More than 3,600 of our brave soldiers have died in Iraq. More than 26,000 have been seriously wounded. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed or injured in the hostilities and more than 4 million have been displaced from their homes. Furthermore, this conflict has degenerated into a sectarian civil war and U.S. taxpayers have paid more than $500 billion, despite assurances that you and your key advisors gave our nation at the time you ordered the invasion in March, 2003 that this military intervention would cost far less and be paid from Iraqi oil revenues.

We agree with a clear and growing majority of the American people who are opposed to continued, open-ended U.S. military operations in Iraq, and believe it is unwise and unacceptable for you to continue to unilaterally impose these staggering costs and the soaring debt on Americans currently and for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA); Rep. Barbara Lee (CA); Rep. Maxine Waters (CA); Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA); Rep. Rush Holt (NJ); Rep. Maurice Hinchey (NY); Rep. Diane Watson (CA); Rep. Ed Pastor (AZ); Rep. Barney Frank (MA); Rep. Danny Davis (IL); Rep. John Conyers (MI); Rep. John Hall (NY); Rep. Bob Filner (CA); Rep. Nydia Velazquez (NY); Rep. Bobby Rush (IL); Rep. Charles Rangel (NY); Rep. Ed Towns (NY); Rep. Paul Hodes (NH); Rep. William Lacy Clay (MO); Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR); Rep. Albert Wynn (MD); Rep. Bill Delahunt (MA); Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC); Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC); Rep. Hilda Solis (CA); Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY); Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY); Rep. Michael Honda (CA); Rep. Steve Cohen (TN); Rep. Phil Hare (IL); Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano (CA); Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL); Rep. James McGovern (MA); Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH); Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL); Rep. Julia Carson (IN); Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA); Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ); Rep. John Olver (MA); Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX); Rep. Jim McDermott (WA); Rep. Ed Markey (MA); Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA); Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ); Rep. Rubin Hinojosa (TX); Rep. Pete Stark (CA); Rep. Bobby Scott (VA); Rep. Jim Moran (VA); Rep. Betty McCollum (MN); Rep. Jim Oberstar (MN); Rep. Diana DeGette (CO); Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA); Rep. Artur Davis (AL); Rep. Hank Johnson (GA); Rep. Donald Payne (NJ); Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO); Rep. John Lewis (GA); Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY); Rep. Neil Abercrombie (HI); Rep. Gwen Moore (WI); Rep. Keith Ellison (MN); Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI); Rep. Donna Christensen (USVI); Rep. David Scott (GA); Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL); Lois Capps (CA); Steve Rothman (NJ); Elijah Cummings (MD); and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

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4 Responses to “Ron Paul Plus 69 Democrats Promise To Defund War”

  1. True American Patriots will follow Ron Paul…..the rest continue to follow a path to nation building.

    You only see these people crying now because of the election otherwise they would keep up with the status quo

  2. Ron Holland said

    Ron Paul is the only GOP antiwar candidate and this will serve him well in his campaign for the Republican nomination.

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  3. NH said

    And the only ONE who really means it is the Republican, RON PAUL..

    I think Flo would agree with that!

    I see now that she does.

  4. goldenequity said

    More than the WAR.

    I want more.

    I am SICK of the American people being used as “useful idiots” , manipulated by BOTH parties. They constantly dip out of the same cup and present us with “choices” from the same pot of swill. (sigh!)

    I am voting against the WAR. We Democrats got in last election and consequently FUNDED the surge. Good Lord! Nancy Pelosi even tabled the Bush impeachment initiative (but it’s still ALIVE!) I don’t trust ANY of them!

    I want us OUT of Iraq. I want our Country to stop doing the bidding of Big Business married to Big Government.

    Stop being a good Democrat. Stop being a good Republican. Start being a good American.

    I’m voting to get out of Iraq and Israel and the whole damn Middle East.

    I’m voting to get out of Korea.

    I’m voting to get out of NATO.

    I’m voting to bring ALL our troops home and protect our own borders and stop the stampede. Our country is going BROKE and we can’t afford this.

    I’m voting for Ron Paul whose been against this thing from the very start, and against alot of other things as well.

    Nobody explains Ron Paul better than Ron himself. Do your own homework. You can listen here (thank God they can’t control the internet…YET!)

    http://www.ronpaulaudio.com

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