Good news: WA state Senate Committee calls for “Money for People, Not for War!”


by pjals Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 | 12:00am | Comment on this

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! Sign the petition here for a full Senate vote!

A Washington State Senate committee passed SJM 8014, calling upon Congress to stop the Afghanistan war, bring the troops home to their families, cut the military budget, and shift spending to job creation, education, healthcare, environmental protections, and lifeline programs for struggling families! Now we need your help to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote!

SJM 8014 is now in the Senate Rules Committee, where it will languish unless a member of the Senate Rules Committee pulls it by Tuesday Feb 15 at 5pm to send it to the floor for a vote by the entire Washington State Senate. Fortunately, Spokane 3rd LD State Senator Lisa Brown serves on the Rules Committee and is the powerful Senate Majority Leader. Please contact her IMMEDIATELY and ask her to send SJM 8014 to the floor. TIME IS SHORT, SO PLEASE ACT NOW.
Phone: 360-786-7604 or (509) 456-2760
Email: Lisa.Brown@leg.wa.gov

(sample message below)

Sample email (your own words are most powerful!)
Subject: “Move SJM 8014 from Rules Committee to the floor.”
Sample Message:

Our state is facing a revenue crisis in a time of great need. At the same time, families in Washington have paid $26.8 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 (www.costofwar.com), at the cost of hundreds of thousands of human lives. This just isn’t right! Will you please send Senate Joint Memorial 8014 to the Senate floor for a full vote?

As you know, SJM 8014 calls upon Congress to stop the Afghanistan war, bring the troops home to their families, cut the military budget, and shift spending to job creation, education, healthcare, environmental protections, and lifeline programs for struggling families. It’s a strong statement from our state that we want to shift our priorities to match our values. Your action can make the difference! Thank you!

See below for the contact information for all members of the Rules Committee.

On Thursday February 2 in Olympia, Joint Memorial 8014 was heard by members of the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee. There were many supporters who testified as part of the “Bring Our Billions Home” campaign organized by our partners, the American Friends Service Committee and Fellowship of Reconciliation. That committee passed the bill and sent it to the Rules Committee.

Now, we need at least one Senator on the Rules Committee to pull the bill from the Rules Committee and send it to the floor for a vote!

Senate Joint Memorial 8014 from Washington State urges President Obama and Congress to immediately stop the war in Afghanistan; bring our troops home and redirect military war spending towards meeting human needs in the U.S. It pressures them to provide for the strengthening our safety net and infrastructure, here, at home instead of increasing U.S. dependency on an economy based in war, death and destruction.

We really need your help to get SJM 8014 passed in Washington State.

We know of no other state government that has gone this far to voice opposition to dependence on war, death and destruction.

Senate Rules Committee Members

  • Owen, Brad (D) Chair (360) 786-7700
  • Prentice, Margarita (D) Vice Chair (360) 786-7616
  • Hewitt, Mike (R) * (360) 786-7630
  • Brown, Lisa (D) (360) 786-7604
  • Carrell, Mike (R) (360) 786-7654
  • Conway, Steve (D) (360) 786-7656
  • Eide, Tracey (D) (360) 786-7658
  • Fraser, Karen (D) (360) 786-7642
  • Harper, Nick (D) (360) 786-7674
  • Haugen, Mary Margaret (D) (360) 786-7618
  • Keiser, Karen (D) (360) 786-7664
  • King, Curtis (R) (360) 786-7626
  • Kline, Adam (D) (360) 786-7688
  • Kohl-Welles, Jeanne (D) (360) 786-7670
  • McAuliffe, Rosemary (D) (360) 786-7600
  • Parlette, Linda Evans (R) (360) 786-7622
  • Pflug, Cheryl (R) (360) 786-7608
  • Regala, Debbie (D) (360) 786-7652
  • Schoesler, Mark (R) (360) 786-7620
  • Stevens, Val (R) (360) 786-7676
  • Zarelli, Joseph (R) (360) 786-7634

More information is available from Nina Laboy at the American Friends Service Committee: 206-355-4032

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