Congress is back in session. The VFP website has a summary of bills introduced that are important to Veterans For Peace. The following issues are being deliberated at this time. Please consider the information below and take action.
1. HR 3662 – Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act
This bill, which would prohibit President Obama from delivering on sanctions relief for Iran, even if they fully comply with the agreement signed last year, has passed the House. It is expected to be voted on in the Senate soon. Call your Senators to oppose this bill.
Since October, Iran has removed thousands of centrifuges from uranium enrichment facilities, has cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency and has shipped 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium out of the country. The Washington Post reported that Iran removed the core of its plutonium reactor and filled it with concrete, effectively rendered the reactor at Arak harmless. The U.S. must keep our part of the agreement.
2. Senate to consider Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIS
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has fast-tracked an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, allowing it to skip over the Foreign Relations Committee where it was unlikely to get a hearing. Floor debate is expected to happen soon.
The legislation, proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham wouldn’t place a geographic limit on U.S. military operations against ISIS, would not have an expiration date and would not prohibit the president from placing combat personnel on the ground in the region. VFP believes a new AUMF is required for current military actions, but that authorization needs to be limited in terms of time and place of actions. Call your Senators to oppose this bill.
When you call, be sure to be clear, concise, polite — and let them know you are with Veterans For Peace. If you have time to ask for the legislative aide working on military or foreign policy matters you can begin to build a relationship with them.
Thank you for taking these small steps toward justice and peace,
Michael T. McPhearson