Take Action: Tell Congress We Need an Afghanistan Exit Strategy


Today is likely to be the last day we'll be able to push Members to
co-sponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill calling for an exit strategy for

The McGovern, Jones, & Pingree Amendment is
attached to the House
Armed Services Committee bill for Defense Spending, H.R. 2647, (a $550 Billion
appropriation, mind you) will come to the floor of the House this
afternoon. It simple requires "the Secretary of Defense to submit a
report to Congress outlining the
United States exit strategy for United States military forces in
Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom."  It requests
this report by the end of the year. 

Call your representative now. 

The ask should be two-fold:

1. Urge Members to co-sponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's Afghanistan Exit
Strategy bill, (
H.R. 2404), and
2. Ask Members to vote for the McGovern/Jones/Pingree amendment to the
Defense Authorization bill.

If they've already committed to the bill, call Speaker Pelosi's office and/ or Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's and demand that they get behind this crucial amendment.  We cannot continue to fund our occupation of Afghanistan without a strategy for leaving.

Unable to get a similar measure in last week's War Supplmental,
anti-war members of Congress and peace advocates across the country
support this amendment as a way to compel the Obama Administration to
present lawmakers and the country with a clearly defined exit strategy
no later than December 31, 2009.  

Call your Representative today at (202) 224-3121 (House member websites listed here) and:

If you have any bandwidth left to send action alerts,
make your own calls to Congressional allies, blog about the bill or
otherwise lend a hand, today is the day to do so.

Status Update from Ryan Anderson at Win Without War:

The language of McGovern's bill has also been introduced as an
amendment to the Defense Authorization bill and, although the right
strategy remains to collect co-sponsors for the standalone bill, it is
this amendment that will actually be voted on. Increasing the number
of co-sponsors for the standalone bill (HR 2404) will help raise
visibility of the issue and make it more politically safe for Members
to vote in favor of the amendment.

The Defense Authorization bill (HR 2647) is scheduled for debate on
the floor of the House this afternoon. The bill itself will have 1
hour of debate followed by the amendments in order. The full list of
amendments that will be considered (69 in total) is attached -
McGovern's amendment will come 3rd and gets 10 minutes of debate in
total, 5 minutes for each side.

We've heard, however, that this schedule might be pushed back, with
the leadership possibly delaying debate on the bill and amendments.
Republicans also seem to be planning plenty of shenanigans to throw
off the schedule - there was a vote at 10:40 this morning on a
Republican motion to adjourn. The wise money seems to be betting on
consideration of the McGovern amendment sometime this evening or even
as late as tomorrow.

You can take online action here.

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