ALERT: Don’t Write Congress about Iraq

Instead, suggests pacifist group Friends Committee on National Legislation, make better use of your time and action: Write Five Friends.

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A majority in Congress still hasn’t gotten the message that it’s time to end the war in Iraq. Recently, the House rejected legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. military troops from Iraq and then approved nearly $100 billion in additional funding for war.

The Senate still needs to act, but we at FCNL anticipate that the final supplemental spending bill will fund the same failed war policy without substantially altering the course of the war.

We don’t yet have the votes to end the war in Iraq. Congress has begun to challenge the president’s failed policies in Iraq, but the president’s veto last week and the votes this week demonstrate there is not yet a bipartisan, veto-proof majority (more than two-thirds of members in both the House and Senate) committed to a change in policy.

Your messages have helped, but now we need you to get five other people to write to their members of Congress. Members of Congress need to hear from as many of their constituents as possible that people in their state are counting on them to end the war.

Our goal is to increase the number of people writing to Congress by 50 percent by the Fourth of July. We’ll keep you up to date on how we’re doing and the signs we’re seeing that the messages from you, your friends, and neighbors are making a difference.
Background

* Find out how your representative voted on the legislation requiring most U.S. military troops to leave Iraq within nine months.

* FCNL’s Iraq Peace Campaign

Suggestions for Telling Five Friends
Send five friends a message through FCNL’s Web site asking them to write to their members of Congress.

Make an announcement at your church or meeting on Sunday. Tell people to look on FCNL’s home page for a letter they can send.

Contacting Legislators

Contact your members of Congress through FCNL’s web site.

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Sen. ________
U.S. Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Rep. ________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

FCNL’s Congressional Directory
Contacting the Administration

Contact the President through FCNL’s web site.

White House Comment Desk:

202-456-1111
Fax: 202-456-2461
White House web site

President George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

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