Updated twice: A clean Iraq withdrawal bill in the House [VIDEO] ...
UPDATE: The measure discussed below was killed in the House by a 171- 253 vote.
This requires timely action. There's a bill moving through Congress -- HR 2237 -- that would quickly bring the occupation to an end. You can read about it in this Kos diary by Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chair Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
UPDATE: The video clip to your right is a powerful call for action by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat from Texas.
Here's a brief summary of the bill from Kevin Zeese:
"The bill has a new number HR2237 and it would redeploy troops from Iraq quickly and cut off funding for the war. In addition, it requires that all U.S. military bases in Iraq be turned over to the Iraqis. But, some important changes have been made:
- the word 'withdrawal' is replaced with 'redeployment'
- it would go into effect '90 days after enactment' instead of the 30 days in the original bill
- it would withdraw all US troops except for troops engaged in limited operations against al Qaeda and other foreign terrorist, and for training Iraqi troops [Ed.: these are the "loopholes" to which many in the peace movement objected].
- in addition to clarifying that economic and social reconstruction aid for Iraq continues, it adds the word 'diplomatic' as well, so that funding for our embassy personnel is not cut off
"This is not the peace movement's perfect bill, but it does mandate a redeployment of troops quickly, and cuts off funding for the war. It also requires that U.S. military bases be turned over to the Iraqis. A stong yes vote on the bill will also send a powerful signal to the Democratic leadership that there is support in the House for cutting funding for the war."
It won't pass -- it has no chance -- but it's extremely important in terms of the debate moving forward to have a good number of "yes" votes. Right behind it is a competing Democratic bill that is looking quite like a blank check for Bush. Time to lean on your Rep -- make your voice heard. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Rep. Not sure who that is? Find out here.