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PDA has learned that this week, our friend and ally Rep. Jim McGovern will introduce new legislation, which replaces HR 4232 "End the War in Iraq Act of 2005". In the new bill, "The Safe and Orderly Withdrawal Act," the U.S. would begin the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq within 30 days of enactment to be completed within 180 days. The withdrawal would be paid for by already appropriated funds and all funds for deployment of U.S. troops would be terminated upon completion of the withdrawal.

Nothing in the bill would prohibit funds to be spent on social and economic reconstruction, or to assist Iraqi armed forces or a multinational force. It allows for US military assigned to security of the US Embassy and US diplomats to remain in Iraq, and at the request of the Iraq government, the Army Corps of Engineers. More.

Exclusive PDA interview with Rep. Jim McGovern
By David Swanson, PDA Board Member

In an exclusive interview conducted Jan. 22 for PDA by David Swanson, Rep. McGovern commented on a range of issues, excerpted here.

The urgency of this moment: "This war has gone on longer than our involvement in WW II. It is time to, you know, to step it up a notch and to urge Congress to finally live up to its constitutional responsibility."

Upcoming "supplemental" funding bills: "I don't want to be talking about emergency supplementals, you know, in 2008 or 2009. I want this war over! I don't want the next Presidential election to be about the war in Iraq." More.

Podcast: Tony Trupiano visits with Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)

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