FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2011
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Washington D.C.â€”Today Council for a Livable World hailed Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for organizing 27 Senators to sign a letter that demands President Obama to order a â€œsizeable and sustained reduction of U.S Military forces in Afghanistan beginning in July 2011â€�
The 27 Senators include two Republicans Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Lee.
The President is expected to make a decision on troop levels in coming days or weeks.
â€œThis letter marks a significant increase in Senate opposition to a long-term military presence in Afghanistan,â€� said Council for a Livable World Executive Director John Isaacs. â€œWe hope that members from both sides of the aisle will continue to voice their concern and call on President Obama to begin major reductions in July.â€�
With this July withdrawal deadline looming, the House and the Senate have been increasing pressure for a decision to be made on Afghanistan . Although the House vote on the amendment offered by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) failed narrowly (204-215), it did produce the most votes ever to end the war.
Isaacs continued, â€œThe tide has changed and it is time for President Obama to listen to not only to Congress but the American peopleâ€”who are ready to see a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.â€�
A recent Washington Post poll indicated that 73% of Americans want a significant troop withdrawal to begin next month.