According to the way the House operates, the authorization bill is the most open opportunity to challenge current policy. When the House considers the appropriations bill, amendments can be offered to cut money for specific programs.
Barbara Lee turned out to be 100% right about the wrongful wars launched on Afghanistan and Iraq and she is certainly right again -- to try and stop an even more catastrophic and illegal preemptive war on Iran!
While the entire foreign policy establishment in Washington is running around in circles trying to figure out the magic solution to crack the U.S.-Iran riddle, the two governments aren't even allowed to talk to each other at the most basic levels.
We must choose building bridges over bombers, deploying teachers at home over troops abroad, training doctors over drone pilots, and investing in our future rather than costly and useless military confrontation.
We have to live within our means. Everything is on the table in the budget debate. Therefore, instead of keeping U.S. troops in Iraq past December, we should pull them out like we promised. If not now, when?
Seventy-seven Members of the House, led by Barbara Lee and Walter Jones, have a different idea: obey the December deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq that the U.S. has agreed with the Iraqi government.
Job growth is important, but it's also important to realize the hole that needs to be filled. Since February 2010, 1.8 million jobs have been created, but 8.8 million jobs were lost prior to that period. That's a shortage of 7 million.
While Congress proposes slashing health care benefits, vital children's programs, and veterans' services -- all because we're "broke" -- it continues to fund a war that has cost us more than $455 billion.