Washington, D.C. â€“ Council for a Livable World today applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Supplemental Appropriations bill mandating the redeployment of most American troops from Iraq by August 2008.
The final vote was 218-212.
â€œPassage of the Supplemental is an important step towards ending the war in Iraq,â€� said John Isaacs, Executive Director of Council for a Livable World. â€œIf it would have failed, President Bush would have won a free hand to continue the war indefinitely with no restrictions or timeline for withdrawal.â€�
Council for a Livable World was one of only a handful of organizations to support the Democratic leadershipâ€™s proposal. Numerous Democrats thanked the Council both publicly and privately for rallying support for the Supplemental.
â€œIf President Bush, Dick Cheney, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell all opposed the Supplemental, it couldnâ€™t be all bad,â€� Isaacs remarked.
Isaacs concluded: â€œRome wasnâ€™t built in one day and the war in Iraq wonâ€™t end in one vote. Until David Obey finds that magic wand, war opponents have to work with moderates in both parties to build the coalition required to white out Bushâ€™s veto pen.â€�
Council for a Livable World, based in Washington, D.C., works tirelessly to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security. Founded by nuclear scientist Leo Szilard in 1962, the Council provides Members of Congress with technical information on weapons of mass destruction and operates a Candidate Fund that helps elect candidates who support sensible national security policies.