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PEACE

NO ENDLESS WAR IN SYRIA

Representative Barbara Lee from the 13th congressional district in California has been an advocate for peace for many years. Now she has introduced a new bill entitled "Prohibit Expansion of U.S. Combat Troops into Syria Act" that would prohibit the Department of Defense from deploying soldiers or hiring private contractors to engage in ground combat in Syria, with the exception of rescue missions. The bill is numbered HR 1473.

For over 15 years, the United States has been engaged in an ever-expanding war in the Middle East, and President Trump has excalated U.S. involvement in Syria by sending in hundreds of Marines. No more war!

Barbara Lee was taught by the Sisters of Loretto in El Paso, Texas. She's standing up for what she was taught and for what she believes. Let's support her! We can do that by contacting our Representative in Congress and telling him/her to support Rep. Lee's legislation to prohibit the deployment of U.S. troops to engage in ground combat in Syria.

Escalating ground troops in Syria also violates the current "Authorizatin for Use of Military Force" that was passed post-9/11. Trump, also, has never spoken to a vision or endgame for our involvement in Syria. All of this can be articulated to your Representative when you contact him/her.

Thanks for getting involved and taking action.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE--RESTRICT FIRST USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Like it or not, President Trump now has our nuclear codes.

U.S. policy confers upon the president the sole authority to use nuclear weapons--even for a "first strike." California Representative Ted Lieu believes it is now time to change this policy for Trump and all future presidents. On January 24, Rep. Lieu introduced the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act," (HR 669) which would prohibit a president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Right now, President Trump can order a nuclear strike and have it happen in under 10 minutes. This scares a lot of people to death.

We MUST support Rep. Lieu and his bill!

Will you contact your federal representative and urge him/her to cosponsor this important bill and encourage others to do so as well?

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--AMERICA'S BIGGEST TARGETS--The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016, 3,027 more than in 2015, according to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations. Here are the most targeted countries:

**Syria (12,192 bombs)
**Iraq (12,095)
**Afghanistan (1,337)
**Libya (496)
**Yemen (34)
**Pakistan (3)

--Most Americans (56%) support the nuclear deal with Iran, including 69% of Democrats and 41% of Republicans. 37% oppose the deal. But most people remain skeptical: 64% say they aren't confident that it will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. (ABC News/Washington Post)

--The Afghanistan War, the longest foreign conflict in U.S. history, has cost American taxpayers nearly $1 trillion and will probably cost several hundred billion dollars more after it officially ends. The U.S. borrowed the money to pay for the conflict and has already racked up $125 billion in owed interest on the debt. (Financial Times)

--83% of Americans favor providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing ISIS. (CNN report)

--World's worst peacemakers--An annual WIN/Gallup International survey asked more than 66,000 people worldwide which country they considered the "greatest threat to peace." The top four: 24% (United States), 8% (Pakistan), 6% (China), 5% (Afghanistan).