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House Defies Constituents, Protest - Votes for Unilateral War Power

House Defies Constituents, Protest - Votes for Unilateral War Power, World Awaits US Senate Vote
Despite the majority of direct-action taken by Americans across the country being in opposition to the war, the U.S. Congress House of Representatives voted 296 to 133 in favor of giving Bush war powers. These powers can and may be used even if Iraq complies with inspections and independently of any U.N. Security Council or General Assembly rulings. This resolution gives the United States an official statement for its plans in Iraq to go along with its tradition of unilateral intervention with or without congressional approval.

A second bill, sponsored by Arlington and Alexandria, VA Congressperson James P. Moran (D-Va.) and John Spratt (D-S.C.), which would have required U.N. Security Council authorization or a second congressional vote in order for an American attack was defeated 270-155.

For these powers to take effect the U.S. Senate has to pass the same resolution. That votes has been delayed and will happen in the next few days. Demonstrations across the country, including sit-ins in local congressional offices are taking place right now and a permitted gathering is planned for outside the U.S. Capitol at 5 p.m. today and every day until the resolution is passed or voted down.
If (unlike your public servants who think war is a video game to be marketed to the ignorant masses) you value constitutional democracy and do not want civilians killed with your money in your name slam Congress with calls at 800-839-5276 and communicate your actions to fellow activists. Also, you can educate yourself on the best strategies to put a stop to this criminal, terrorist Bush war.

Another poster asks a vital question: Is this what you want in your name?
IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT'S OVER 10.Oct.2002 23:24

atomic frog

Today I Announced on the Floor of the Senate
My Support for a Bipartisan Iraq Resolution

Today I announced on the floor of the Senate my support for a bipartisan Iraq resolution. Congress has vigorously debated this issue for the last week, and it is now time for us speak in as clear and unified a voice as possible. A united Congress will help the President unite the world. And by uniting the world, we increase the prospects for a peaceful settlement of this crisis and, if force is required, reduce the risks to our men and women.

As a result of Democrats' efforts over the last several months, President Bush now has to spell out, before using force in Iraq, that diplomatic means have been exhausted and that any effort in Iraq will not negatively impact the overall war on terrorism. Going forward, I will continue to press the President to build an international coalition and vigorously oversee how the President exercises the authority he has requested from Congress.

Although it is important to recognize the threat that exists in more traditional national security areas, we as a country, and particularly as a government, would be remiss in our responsibilities were we not to recognize the peril this country is also in economically. Over the last 18 months, America has seen record job losses, weak economic growth, declining business investment, a falling stock market, shrinking retirement accounts, eroding consumer confidence, rising health care costs, escalating foreclosures, and vanishing surpluses. I call on the Administration to recognize that Americans are suffering right here at home because of the dire economic conditions facing our nation. The reality is that the Administration has been delinquent in its responsibilities toward hard-working average Americans, and that must change.

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