This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on an important bill that will make military families immediately safer.
H.R. 256 from Congresswoman Barbara Lee will end the Iraq War Authorization — an outdated law that is no longer needed for current military operations, but which has allowed presidents from both parties to send our troops into conflict without consulting Congress. This bill has received endorsement from both sides of the aisle — from President Biden to conservative Americans for Prosperity. A strong bipartisan vote in the House will help the bill succeed in the Senate!
Here’s What YOU Can Do
Call your Representatives TODAY and tell them to vote YES in favor of H.R. 256. Let them know that military families are deeply invested in these outcomes and watching the process closely.
Call House: Sample Script
- Dial the Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121. If someone answers, ask for your district’s Representative. Or, you may receive an automated system where you enter your state and zip code to be connected. REMEMBER: If you vote and live in two different places, that means you have access to TWO different Members of Congress to contact!
- Whether you speak to a person or leave a message, provide your name and voting and/or living zip code. It’s best to keep it short and simple. Remember to always be polite!
- Here’s a sample script to help: “Hi, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent in [zip code]. I am calling today to urge you vote YES in favor of H.R. 256 to end the Iraq War Authorization.”
If applicable, add: “I am a military partner/veteran, and my community feels strongly about repealing this risky, outdated authorization.”
- That’s it! You’ve joined thousands of other voters calling the Capitol to improve the Constitutionality of our war-making process. Pat yourself on the back and accept our thanks.
- Share this post and encourage friends to join us in this simple piece of activism.
Want to Learn More?
Read SFI’s 101 Overview of War Power Authorizations like the one in this bill
Review our previous Letter Campaign, when this bill started in committee