Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thank Dick Durbin for Co-Signing Merkley Amendment to Drawdown Sooner in Afghanistan

Please call his office to thank him.
Dick Durbin Washington (202) 224-2152
Chicago (312) 353-4952 

The Amendment could save 1000+ lives and 200 Billion Dollars.

If Senator Jeff Merkley's "expedite the drawdown from Afghanistan" amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act makes a strong showing, that could tip the Obama administration towards a faster drawdown.

Current co-sponsors of Merkley's amendment include:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
*******Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Merkley's amendment (#1174) states:
1) the President should expedite the transition of security responsibility to the government of Afghanistan;
2) the President shall devise a plan for expediting the drawdown of U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan and accelerating the transfer of security authority to Afghan authorities prior to December 2014; and
3) within 90 days, the President shall transmit to Congress a plan with a timetable and completion date for the accelerated transition of all military and security operations in Afghanistan to the Government of Afghanistan.

Amy Rohrer
Executive Director

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