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January 22, 2007

Washington Joins the "No Escalation" Surge

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, along with several other Washington State lawmakers, has joined with state legislators across the country to call on Congress and President push to NOT escalate involvement in Iraq or increase troop levels.  The press release sent out by her office about the proposed bill, Senate Joint Memorial 8003, also requires the President to "seek Congressional approval before spending taxpayer money on any escalation of the war".

Senator Kohl-Welles adds:

At a time when the overwhelming majority of Americans are opposed to the President’s policy in Iraq, it is unconscionable to commit additional funds to this foreign policy debacle, nor to put any additional soldiers in harm’s way, without appropriate oversight by the Congress.

The press release goes on:

According to iCasualties (http://icasualties.org/oif/ByState.aspx), 59 Washington soldiers have lost their lives during the course of hostilities in Iraq. The National Priorities Project estimates that as of September 2006, the cost of the war in Iraq to Washington taxpayers is $8.6 billion.

Way to go!

Posted by Lynn Allen on January 22, 2007 at 11:15 AM in National and International Politics, Strategery | Permalink

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