On top of 708 BILLION for the Defense Department for next year, Nobel Peace Winner President Barack Obama is asking for an ADDITIONAL 33 BILLION from Congress to be used to fight in Afghanistan. Here’s a list of House Progressive Caucus members who voted FOR war funding on June 16, 2009. Call them and tell them to VOTE NO on this added 33 BILLION, End the War Now (Click here for names and phone numbers) Read this: We Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan! A Statement from the Campaign for Peace and Democracy • October 2009
At the same time: Our individual States in the United States needs an additional 196 BILLION to make up their budget shortfall. Will President Barack Obama ask Congress for these funds, or do we shut schools, lay off teachers, firefighters, and other State employees? Read more, click here.
New gaps in 2010 budgets. An increasing number of states are struggling to keep their 2010 budgets in balance. Because revenues have fallen short of projections, mid-year shortfalls have opened up in 41 states — some of which have already addressed them — totaling $38 billion or 7 percent of these budgets.
These new shortfalls are in addition to the gaps states closed when adopting their fiscal year 2010 budgets earlier this year. Counting both initial and mid-year shortfalls, 48 states have addressed or still face such shortfalls in their budgets for fiscal year 2010, totaling $196 billion or 29 percent of state budgets — the largest gaps on record.
Bulletin: Pentagon’s Black Budget Tops $56 Billion
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The above link will take you to a website that will allow you to have access to some action items you can do to End the War(s) Funding Now. President Obama is asking for an additional $33 Billion for the War in Afghanistan. Call your member of Congress (phone numbers and info are at the site) and demand them to Stop Funding the War(s).
JUST IN: TROOP DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN DOUBLE, Read more here.
On numerous occasions, Congress has exercised its constitutional authority to end military engagements. Here are just a few examples:
Cambodia – In late December 1970, Congress passes the Supplemental Foreign Assistance Appropriations Act prohibiting the use of funds to finance the introduction of United States ground combat troops into Cambodia or to provide U.S. advisors to or for Cambodian military forces in Cambodia.
Vietnam – In late June 1973, Congress passes the second Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY1973. This legislation contains language cutting off funds for combat activities in Vietnam after August 15, 1973.
Somalia – In November 1993, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act includes a provision that prohibits funding after March 31, 1994 for military operations in Somalia, except for a limited number of military personnel to protect American diplomatic personnel and American citizens, unless further authorized by Congress.
Bosnia – In 1998, Congress passes the Defense Authorization Bill, with a provision that prohibits funding for Bosnia after June 30, 1998, unless the President makes certain assurances.
Go to defundwar.org and scroll down for a list of Congress Members and phone numbers and make a difference.