Call Congress for Ceasefire!

Finally, there is a bill in the House of Representatives that we need to support. Brought by Dennis Kucinich and with 23 co-sponsors, H. Con. Res. 450 calls for an immediate cease-fire, multi-party negotiations and an international peacekeeping force. Below you can read the text of the bill.

The earlier bill, H. Res. 921 passed very quickly through the House. 410 representatives voted for the bill, only 8 against, with 10 not voting and 4 voting “present”, which is essentially an abstention. You can see who voted how by clicking here. If your representative did not vote for the bill, call her or him to thank them. AIPAC will surely be contacting them to criticize their position. They’ll need your support.

Now we have a bill that we can support. It is crucial that we send a clear message to our representatives supporting this bill. Use the form below to let your representative know that you support H. Con. Res. 450.

The US Campaign to End the Occupation has designated Tuesday, July 25 a national call-in day. Please take a moment to locate your representative’s phone number by clicking here. Call your representative on July 25 and urge them to vote Yes on H. Con. Res. 450.

Full text of the bill:

109th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. CON. RES. 450

Calling upon the President to appeal to all sides in the current crisis in the Middle East for an immediate cessation of violence and to commit United States diplomats to multi-party negotiations with no preconditions.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 19, 2006

Mr. KUCINICH (for himself, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. CLEAVER, Ms. LEE, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. FILNER, Mr. STARK, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. HONDA, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. WATERS, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. RUSH, Ms. BALDWIN, Ms. KILPATRICK of Michigan, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Ms. SOLIS, and Mr. MEEKS of New York) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Calling upon the President to appeal to all sides in the current crisis in the Middle East for an immediate cessation of violence and to commit United States diplomats to multi-party negotiations with no preconditions.

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress–
(1) calls upon the President to–
(A) appeal to all sides in the current crisis in the Middle East for an immediate cessation of violence;
(B) commit United States diplomats to multi-party negotiations with no preconditions; and
(C) send a high-level diplomatic mission to the region to facilitate such multi-party negotiations;
(2) urges such multi-party negotiations to begin as soon as possible, including delegations from the governments of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt; and
(3) supports an international peacekeeping mission to southern Lebanon to prevent cross-border skirmishes during such multi-party negotiations.

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