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Senator Harry Reid: Before Another Decade of War in Afghanistan, Let Congress Vote

Senator Harry Reid: Before Another Decade of War in Afghanistan, Let Congress Vote

The war in Afghanistan has lasted twelve years, making it the longest in American history. Despite the unpopularity of the conflict, President Obama is working with the government of Afghanistan to formulate a new security deal that would leave US troops in the country for at least a decade more—without the approval of Congress.

A bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senator Jeff Merkley, are planning to introduce an amendment to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could slow down the President's plans to turn a 12-year conflict into a 23-year war. The amendment "expresses the sense of the Senate" that President Obama should seek Congressional approval no later than June 1, 2014 for any extended presence in Afghanistan.

As The Nation's George Zornick points out, although the amendment isn't binding, a debate in Congress could "mirror the debate over intervention in Syria earlier this year—where Congressional support never materialized."

There is a chance that the Democratic leadership won't let the Senate vote on this crucial amendment. Join us in calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring Senator Merkley's amendment up for a vote. Our elected representatives must have a say in whether we prolong the war in Afghanistan. Then, to amplify your voice, call the Senate Majority Leader at 202-224-3542 and tweet at him @SenatorReid

The body of a soldier who died in Afghanistan is offloaded at Dover Air Force Base in September.
The body of a soldier who died in Afghanistan is offloaded at Dover Air Force Base in September. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)



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