November 29, 2012

Victory! Senate votes to end the war

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, for the first time, the Senate took a roll call vote in favor of bringing our troops home from Afghanistan.
This morning, Senator Merkley’s (Oregon) amendment to bring our troops home from Afghanistan passed in an overwhelming 62-33 vote! THANK YOU to all of you who have helped make this happen.

This is the culmination of years of work to build congressional support for a quicker end to the war, and it's the first successful vote of its kind in either the House or the Senate.
Getting the Senate on record for ending the war is crucial right now. The Obama administration is beginning negotiations on a deal with the Afghan government that will determine the long-term troop presence there. Obstinate hawks and people in the Pentagon are pushing for drawing the war out as long as possible. This vote further marginalizes those staunch war supporters and gives momentum to those of us who want this war to end as soon as possible.
P.S. You can thank Sen. Merkley for his leadership by posting a note on his Facebook page:


Ann Montague said...

Cutting off the money is generally how this is done. Was that part of the vote?

ethnicguy said...

This was an amendment to the NDAA, #1174 or #1257. It is not as good as HR 780, which I think is still active but unlikely to pass, but it has substance and the timing is good, as Peace Action West says. The amendment calls for expedited and accelerated withdrawal. HR 780 talks about cutting funding--it is not an amendment to NDAA. HR 780 comes from Rep. Barbara Lee and had 64 co-sponsors at last word. Merkley's amendment was bipartisan. It passed by a voice vote, which is significant. There is no contradiction between Merkley's amendment and HR 780--both need to pass. If 780 is dead, it needs to be revived. Merkley's amendment paves the way for a revived struggle around 780, but that depends on the peace movement.