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9/24/07 12,591

During the horrible week of September 17, 2007, Democratic voters were repeatedly betrayed by the Democratic Senate. They couldn't pass the Dodd bill to restore Habeas Corpus, the Webb Amendment to rest our troops, or the Feingold-Reid Amendment to mostly leave Iraq by June 2008. And then 23 Democrats joined all the Republicans to outrageously attack Moveon.org for a newspaper ad.

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Current Status Start
Chamber

Join the 81 90 Members who have signed the Progressive Caucus "Peace Pledge" to oppose any more Iraq funding except to bring our troops safely home before Bush leaves office
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/115

Added:
Louise Slaughter (NY)
Mazie Hirono (HI)
9/24/07
House
Senate
Oppose Dick Cheney's insane plan to Bomb Iran by supporting the Byrd Amendment to require Congressional approval of any attack on Iran.
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/91
Hold Congressional hearings on Cheney's secret Iran warmongering
10/3 Byrd Amendment introduced 10/1/07
House
Senate

Reimpose a strict ban on warrantless wiretapping of American citizens and block amnesty and immunity for telephone companies that illegally spied
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/114

10/17/07 weak House bill blocked by GOP. In Senate, Chris Dodd will filibuster immunity. 9/24/07
House
Senate 
Pass H.R. 2740 to bring war mercenaries like Blackwater under U.S. law. Demand prosecution of Blackwater employees under the Uniform Code of Military Justice as required by the Graham Amendment.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com
On 10/4/07, H.R. 2740 passed House 389-30. The Senate unanimously passed a similar amendment on 9/27. Conference schedule unknown. 10/1/07
Senate
House

Pass the War Profiteering Prevention Act, H.R. 400. Demand prosecution of Halliburton and other contractors who have defrauded U.S. taxpayers out of billions.

On 10/9/07, H.R. 400 passed House 375-3. The Senate version, S. 119, has not been debated. 10/10/07
Senate
House
Oppose Michael Mukasey for Attorney General because he (a) wants to keep Guantanamo open despite the strong objections of the world (b) would allow "enhanced interrogation techniques" which is just Bushspeak for torture, an international war crime, and (c) abused material-witness laws to lock up Muslims without charges
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/09/24/mukasey-signals-support-for-torture
On 10/18/07 Mukasey refused to call waterboarding torture. 9/24/07
Senate
Oppose Hans von Spakovsky for FEC Commissioner because of his key role in illegal voter suppression, disciminatory and illegal voter ID laws, the illegal TX redistricting engineered by Tom DeLay, and the stolen election in Florida
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/21/122027/759
Obama, Feingold put hold on nomination 9/24/07
Senate
Pass the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act to establish criminal penalties for acts of voter deception. 
http://www.stopdeceptivepractices.org/

6/25/07 House passed on voice vote.
No vote scheduled in Senate.

10/18/07
Senate
Override Bush's veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/29/105649/366

9/27 Senate passed 67/29, enough for override
10/18 House veto override fell 13 short

9/24/07
House
Senate
Hold White House officials in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas requiring their sworn testimony and documents. Since Bush's Justice Department refuses to enforce Congressional subpoenas, Congress must use its "inherent contempt" authority to put White House officials in a DC jail until they comply.
http://democrats.com/subpoenas
Conyers wants to enforce his subpoenas through contempt but Pelosi won't let him. 9/24/07
House
Senate
Pass the "Blackstone Bill" to eliminate the 15% tax loophole for publicly-traded partnerships and "carried interest" Senate vote 10/15? 10/11/07
Senate
House
Pass a resolution to condemn Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for lying about his staff's role in smearing the family of 12-year-old Graeme Frost
Pass a resolution to condemn House Minority Leader John Boehner for smearing the family of 2-year-old Bethany Wilkerson
   
Pass a resolution to condemn Rush Limbaugh for calling troops who are critical of the Iraq Occupation "phony soldiers" and comparing them to suicide bombers.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/9/28/182951/795
And hold Limbaugh accountable by removing his show from Armed Forces Radio.
GOP defending Limbaugh. 10/1/07

Investigate major news exposes:
* New York Times report that Alberto Gonzales secretly authorized torture in 2005
* Newsweek report that Dick Cheney is trying to provoke a war with Iran
http://www.firedoglake.com/2007/09/24/morning-cuppa-cheneys-war-provocations/
* Rep. Jane Harman's report that the White House terrorized Congress into legalizing warrantless wiretapping with a bogus threat of an attack on Congress itself
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/09/26/countdown-rep-harman-gives-more-details-on-bogus-terror-threat-on-capitol/
* El Pais report that George Bush rejected a plan to let Saddam Hussein go into exile one month before he invaded Iraq, which would have made an invasion unnecessary
http://www.juancole.com/2007/09/bush-aznar-transcript-war-crime-of.html

  9/24/07
House
Senate
Join the 18 21 co-sponsors of H.Res. 333 to Impeach Dick Cheney for lying about Iraq
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/73
Added:
Carolyn Kilpatrick
Ed Towns
Diane Watson
9/24/07
House
Introduce Articles of Impeachment for George Bush for at least 10 egregiously impeachable offenses:
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/88
  9/24/07
House
Future Status Chamber
Oppose Bush's $190 Billion request for Iraq for 2008

$9 Billion in Continuing Resolution; vote in January?

Senate
House
Sponsor the Lane Evans Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act to provide quality mental health care to veterans
http://ThisIsForTheSoldiers.org
Watch the PBS special on veterans with PTSD:
http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/339/index.html
   
Support the Feinstein-Harkin bill to close Guantanamo    

Repeal the Global Gag Rule that prohibits U.S. foreign aid to groups that inform poor women about abortion

   
Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)    
Lift the Republican hold on S. 223, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/27/102229/225
  Senate
Prohibit the use of Blackwater and other paramilitary forces inside the U.S.
http://www.firedoglake.com/2007/09/29/come-saturday-morning-muddying-the-blackwater/
   

Past issues Resolution Start/End
Oppose the Lieberman-Kyl-Graham-Coleman Declaration of War on Iran
http://www.democrats.com/stop-the-lieberman-kyl-graham-coleman-declaration-of-war-on-iran
In a huge victory, the explicit use of "military instruments" was removed from the Iran Sanctions Resolution that passed the Senate 76-22, but the Senate and House both called for Iran's Revolutionary Guards to be designated a "foreign terrorist organization" which Bush could claim as authorization for attacking Iran.  S:9/24/07
E:9/26/07
Senate
On Iraq, oppose the meaningless Abercrombie-Tanner reporting bill 10/2/07 House passed 377-46 9/24/07
Condemn Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) for calling the deaths of 3800 U.S. soldiers and 1 million Iraqis a "small price" (9/12/07)
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/09/12/boehner-troop-deaths-in-iraq-are-a-small-price/
No action 9/27/07
Condemn Fox News analyst Col. David Hunt for accusing our Generals of "betraying our soldiers ... again"
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/09/29/fox-analyst-generals-are-betraying-our-soldiers/
No action 9/27/07