Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Kucinich introduces bi-partisan resolution on Afghanistan - House Concurrent Resolution 28

Washington, Mar 9 -

Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC) and eight others introduced a bipartisan, privileged resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 28, which, if enacted, would require Obama to withdraw all U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

The bill is cosponsored by Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Pete Stark (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX), Bob Filner (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Michael Honda (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).

Following the press conference, Kucinich immediately took to the House floor to call upon his colleagues to support the resolution. His statement from the floor follows:

Today a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress has introduced a privileged resolution calling for a vote in this congress to end the war in Afghanistan.

More than 60% of the American people want us out of there. This war is already approaching a cost of a half a trillion dollars. We have Americans who are losing their jobs; their wages are being knocked down. We have Americans losing their homes, losing their retirement security; they can't send their kids to colleges they want. And we are spending all this money on a war that is a waste of time, money, blood, and treasure to try to prop up a corrupt regime in Afghanistan.

Now, our occupation over there is fueled an insurgency. It’s time for this Congress to take the Constitutional responsibility under Article 1, Section 8. We haven't done that with respect to Afghanistan. It's time for us to do that. Let's have an up or down vote. That's what this resolution is about. I urge all Members of Congress to consider supporting the privileged resolution that ends the war in Afghanistan.



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