July 19, 2007
Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to inform you that we will only support appropriating additional
funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond
for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you
leave office.

More than 3,600 of our brave soldiers have died in Iraq. More than 26,000 have
been seriously wounded. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed or
injured in the hostilities and more than 4 million have been displaced from
their homes. Furthermore, this conflict has degenerated into a sectarian civil
war and U.S. taxpayers have paid more than $500 billion, despite assurances
that you and your key advisors gave our nation at the time you ordered the
invasion in March, 2003 that this military intervention would cost far less and
be paid from Iraqi oil revenues.

We agree with a clear and growing majority of the American people who are
opposed to continued, open-ended U.S. military operations in Iraq, and
believe it is unwise and unacceptable for you to continue to unilaterally impose
these staggering costs and the soaring debt on Americans currently and for
generations to come.

Sincerely,

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA); Rep. Barbara Lee (CA); Rep. Maxine Waters (CA);
Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA); Rep. Rush Holt (NJ); Rep. Maurice Hinchey (NY);
Rep. Diane Watson (CA); Rep. Ed Pastor (AZ); Rep. Barney Frank (MA); Rep.
Danny Davis (IL); Rep. John Conyers (MI); Rep. John Hall (NY); Rep. Bob
Filner (CA); Rep. Nydia Velazquez (NY); Rep. Bobby Rush (IL); Rep. Charles
Rangel (NY); Rep. Ed Towns (NY); Rep. Paul Hodes (NH); Rep. William Lacy
Clay (MO); Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR); Rep. Albert Wynn (MD); Rep. Bill
Delahunt (MA); Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC); Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC);
Rep. Hilda Solis (CA); Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY); Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY);
Rep. Michael Honda (CA); Rep. Steve Cohen (TN); Rep. Phil Hare (IL); Rep.
Grace Flores Napolitano (CA); Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL); Rep. James
McGovern (MA); Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH); Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL); Rep. Julia
Carson (IN); Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA); Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ); Rep. John
Olver (MA); Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX); Rep. Jim McDermott (WA); Rep. Ed
Markey (MA); Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA); Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ); Rep. Rubin
Hinojosa (TX); Rep. Pete Stark (CA); Rep. Bobby Scott (VA); Rep. Jim Moran
(VA); Rep. Betty McCollum (MN); Rep. Jim Oberstar (MN); Rep. Diana DeGette
(CO); Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA); Rep. Artur Davis (AL); Rep. Hank Johnson
(GA); Rep. Donald Payne (NJ); Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO); Rep. John Lewis
(GA); Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY); Rep. Neil Abercrombie (HI); Rep. Gwen Moore
(WI); Rep. Keith Ellison (MN); Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI); Rep. Donna
Christensen (USVI); Rep. David Scott (GA); Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL); Lois
Capps (CA); Steve Rothman (NJ); Elijah Cummings (MD); and Rep. Ron Paul
(R-TX).
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