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PEACE

A 2020 BUDGET THAT INCLUDES HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS

Very soon the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that could increase military spending instead of allocating more money for human and environmental needs. If you agree, please contact your Representative and tell him/her to move money away from the military and give it to where it is needed, eg: green energy, education, infrastructure, healthcare, affordable housing, clean water, and food.

Non-military spending is at an all-time low at just 2.9 percent. Polls have shown over the last decades that most Americans favor reducing military spending. Many cities in the United States want help with humanitarian needs and have urged Congress to move money away from the military to human and environmental needs. Congress isn't listening!

Please contact your Representative in Washington. Hopefully, they will listen to their constituents and vote down additional money for military needs. Pentagon spending has now reached 63% of discretionary spending in President Trump's 2020 budget request. The Pentagon budget amounted to $716 billion in 2019; in 2020 Trump is asking for $750 billion. This includes $165 million off-the-books.

The Budget Committee is asking the House to approve $733 billion to the Pentagon. This bill only asks for $650 billion for everything else.

Please contact your Representative and ask that more money be alloted to non-military items in the 2020 budget.

Thank you for getting involved.






CONGRESS: END U.S. SUPPORT FOR WAR IN YEMEN

Our readers may not know that the U.S. has supported a Saudi-led war in Yemen for quite some time (3 years). As a result, 13 million Yemeni civilians are at risk for starvation in the next few months. If the war there is not stopped, according to the U.N., a famine of that scale would be the world's worst in 100 years. The war in Yemen has claimed tens of thousands of lives since it began in 2015. It is a major humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia has recently assassinated American journalist Jamal Khashoggl. It was a gruesome killing and shows us the Saudi total disregard for human rights. Because of the Khashoggi murder, there is political momentum now to finally end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

In our House of Representatives there is a bipartisan resolution to end U.S. military involvement and withdraw support from the conflict. Please contact your Representative and urge him/her to support H. Con. Res 138, which would end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

By supporting the war in Yemen, the U.S. believes it is confronting Iran. The Saudis believe Iran is behind unrest in their country. The United States has provided the Saudis with weapons and helped to refuel jets as they drop bombs on Yemeni civilians. We want this to stop!

Please get involved by contacting your Representative in the House. Urge him/her to support H. Con. Res 138. The U.S. needs to get out of Yemen. Lives of Yemani civilians are counting on us.

Thanks for getting involved.
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--AMERICA'S BIGGEST TARGETS--The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016, 3,027 more than in 2015, according to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations. Here are the most targeted countries:

**Syria (12,192 bombs)
**Iraq (12,095)
**Afghanistan (1,337)
**Libya (496)
**Yemen (34)
**Pakistan (3)

--Most Americans (56%) support the nuclear deal with Iran, including 69% of Democrats and 41% of Republicans. 37% oppose the deal. But most people remain skeptical: 64% say they aren't confident that it will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. (ABC News/Washington Post)

--The Afghanistan War, the longest foreign conflict in U.S. history, has cost American taxpayers nearly $1 trillion and will probably cost several hundred billion dollars more after it officially ends. The U.S. borrowed the money to pay for the conflict and has already racked up $125 billion in owed interest on the debt. (Financial Times)

--83% of Americans favor providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing ISIS. (CNN report)

--World's worst peacemakers--An annual WIN/Gallup International survey asked more than 66,000 people worldwide which country they considered the "greatest threat to peace." The top four: 24% (United States), 8% (Pakistan), 6% (China), 5% (Afghanistan).