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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 22:19

Immediate Action Needed! Stop Iraq Escalation!

Written by  Mike Hersh | PDA


Please act now! We need your Congress member's signature on the Lee-Rigell Letter opposing a military attack on Iraq. Consult the list (see below). If your member of Congress is not there, call the Congressional switchboard ASAP (before Close of Business July, 2nd) and ask them to sign on to the Lee-Rigell Letter. Republicans may be willing to sign on, so it's worth trying them as well. The Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Tell them to contact Rep. Barbara Lee's staffer Monica Pham at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Signers to date: Barbara Lee, Scott Rigell, Schrader, Raul Grijalva, John Conyers, Farr, DeFazio, Garamendi, James P. McGovern, Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Nolan, Mike Honda, Beto O'Rourke, Mike Michaud, Shelly Pingree, Jim Moran, McCollum, Larson, Mark Pocan, Peter Welch, Walter B. Jones, Huffman, Pallone, Ribble, John Sarbanes, Napolitano, Maxine Waters, Pastor, Bass, Jim McDermott, Alcee L. Hastings, Keith Ellison, Serrano, Lewis, Cleaver, Slaughter, Doggett, Velázquez, Rush Holt, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Andre Carson, Rush, Bennie M. Thompson, Katherine Clark, Gibson, Zoe Lofgren, Earl Blumenauer, Jackie Speier, John J. Duncan, Jr., George Miller, Judy Chu, Anna G. Eshoo, Bobby Scott, Julia Brownley, Alan Grayson, Hakeem Jeffries, Jim Himes, Lois Capps, Charles B. Rangel, Janice Hahn, Jerrold Nadler, Niki Tsongas, Mark Takano, Kathy Castor, Collin Peterson, Michael E. Capuano


----- Text of "
Dear Colleague" Letter -----

Dear Colleague:

We join many of you and in the international community who are expressing grave concern over the rise in sectarian violence in Iraq over the last days and weeks. We agree that any solution to this complex crisis can only be achieved through a political settlement, and only if the process and outcome is inclusive of all segments of the Iraqi population—anything short of that cannot successfully bring stability to Iraq or the region.

As President Obama considers options for U.S. intervention, we urge respect for the constitutional requirements for using force abroad. The Constitution vests in Congress the power and responsibility to authorize offensive military action abroad. As such, the use of military force in Iraq is something the Congress should fully debate and authorize.

Please join us in sending a letter to President Obama on the use of military force in Iraq. Members of Congress must consider all the facts and alternatives before we can determine whether military action would contribute to ending this most recent violence, create a climate for political stability, and protect civilians from greater harm.

For questions, or to sign, please contact Monica Pham with Rep. Barbara Lee or John Thomas with Rep. Scott Rigell ASAP.

Sincerely,
Barbara Lee                     Scott Rigell
Member of Congress         Member of Congress


Dear Mr. President:

We join you and with those in the international community who are expressing grave concern over the rise in sectarian violence in Iraq over the last days and weeks. The consequences of this development are particularly troubling given the extraordinary loss of American lives and expenditure of funds over ten years that was claimed to be necessary to bring democracy, stability and a respect for human rights to Iraq.

We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq. We also appreciate your acknowledgement that this conflict requires a political solution, and that military action alone cannot successfully lead to a resolution.

We do not believe intervention could be either quick or easy. And, we doubt it would be effective in meeting either humanitarian or strategic goals, and that it could very well be counter-productive.

This is a moment for urgent consultations and engagement with all parties in the region who could bring about a cease fire and launch a dialogue that could lead to a reconciliation of the conflict.

Any solution to this complex crisis can only be achieved through a political settlement, and only if the process and outcome is inclusive of all segments of the Iraqi population—anything short of that cannot successfully bring stability to Iraq or the region.

As you consider options for U.S. intervention, we write to urge respect for the constitutional requirements for using force abroad. The Constitution vests in Congress the power and responsibility to authorize offensive military action abroad. The use of military force in Iraq is something the Congress should fully debate and authorize.

Members of Congress must consider all the facts and alternatives before we can determine whether military action would contribute to ending this most recent violence, create a climate for political stability, and protect civilians from greater
harm.

We stand ready to work with you to this end.
Sincerely,

[Members of Congress]

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