War on Iraq

MoveOn Tells Dems: 'No Blank Check for Iraq'; You Can Weigh In

As another war vote draws near, MoveOn puts pressure on the Democratic members of Congress to deny the president a blank check for Iraq.
Editor's note: You can join MoveOn's efforts and tell your member of Congress to vote "no" by clicking here.

May 23, 2007

Democratic U.S. Representative
Democratic U.S. Senator
Washington, D.C.

Dear Democratic Member of Congress,

Democrats were elected in November to lead the way out of the war in Iraq. The Democrat-led compromise with the Bush administration on the Iraq supplemental spending bill does nothing to end the war. No toughened readiness standards. No timetables. No meaningful benchmarks. No change of policy in Iraq.

The best hope now is that Democrats and Congress will stand up once again and say "NO" to the president and deny him a blank check for this war.

On behalf of MoveOn's 3.2 million members we strongly urge a "NO" vote on all amendments and rules that would allow this weak bill to move forward.

A vote for the amendment with the Republican benchmarks is a vote for a war without end. It is a blank check for President Bush. No Democrat should support it.

A vote for the rule is a vote to allow the blank check to move forward. No Democrat should support it.

Democrats entered this fight with the political wind at their backs, and their strength has only increased with time. The president's veto significantly damaged the Republicans politically -- another veto could damage them even more and move Republicans to join Democrats.

Americans elected Democrats to deliver results on ending the war. The mounting costs in lives and treasure are causing great consternation. Now is the time to show your constituents that you share their frustration by voting "NO" this week.

Thanks for all you do.

Eli Pariser
Executive Editor

Tom Matzzie
Washington Director

Nita Chaudhary
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