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Support Barbara Lee's Amendment to bring our troops home safely

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Call your Representative and strongly urge support for Barbara Lee's Amendment to bring our troops home safely: If you haven't contacted your Congress members to support the Lee Amendment for fully-funded withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2007, please do that now. Call (and get others to call) Congress at 1-202-224-3121 or toll-free 1-888-851-1879.

Despite the voters' mandate last November to change course, Democratic leaders in Congress seem bent on facilitating and funding President Bush's deepening war in Iraq. Democrats should vote no on the loophole-ridden supplemental bill that would prolong the disastrous and counter-productive occupation of Iraq.

As the Congressional Democratic leadership appeases a handful of hawks, they ignore the Democratic base - and the views of most Americans - while our troops remain mired in Iraq's civil strife. Bad policy makes for bad politics and this does not bode well for Democratic prospects in 2008.

Progressive Democrats of America and its allies mobilized thousands of activists to make calls into Congress on behalf of Rep. Barbara Lee's Amendment to the supplemental which would fully fund a safe and orderly troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2007.

PDA Director Tim Carpenter said "Fully-funded safe withdrawal within a year is not an extreme position. It's the position of 60% of the American people, according to last week's USA Today-Gallup poll. And that position would be even more popular if Democratic leaders stood their ground and fought for ending rather than prolonging the occupation."

"Many Americans fear that a reckless President is threatening to expand his disaster into Iran. So do many Democratic leaders - but they lack the will to even assert Congressional authority on the matter of Iran."

Carpenter concluded, "When Democrats have faltered in recent elections - 2000, 2002 and 2004 - it wasn’t because the leadership was too bold or progressive, but because it was too vacillating and beholden to timid, out-of-touch Beltway strategies."

PDA and the Democratic base demand strong, smart leadership from Speaker Pelosi and the Congressional Democrats on ending the Iraq Occupation and preventing an attack against Iran.

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