Bobbie Paul: Cut Missiles, Not Medicare
Fund the Future, Freeze the Nukes
Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey has written a bold and thoughtful plan to assist the Super Committee in its collective job of finding $1.5 trillion in spending cuts by November 23 for the Congress to vote on one month later (December 23). to . The twelve member bi-partisan committee was hand picked by Majority and Minority leaders in the House and Senate (Nancy Pelosi - CA, and John Boehner - OH, in the House) and Mitch McConnell - KY, and Harry Reid - NV, in the Senate). Each leader offered three nominees who now serve on the Super Committee.
Members of the Super Committee include:
Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas (Republican / committee co-chair) -
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington (Democrat / committee co-chair)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland (Democrat)
Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona (Republican)
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts (Democrat)
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (Republican)
Sen. Max Baucus of Montana (Democrat)
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (Republican)
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California (Democrat)
Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan (Republican)
Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina (Democrat)
Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan (Republican)
Georgia WAND, National WAND and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (of which Georgia WAND is an active member) signed on to the Markey letter and encouraged members of our Congressional delegation to do so. As of last Friday, October 7, 2011, Congressman John Lewis (GA-5th) and Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4th) signed on.
Please take 2 minutes to read Congressman Markey's common sense appeal to cut $200 billion in nuclear weapons spending over the next 10 years. The Ploughshares Fund currently estimates that U.S. nuclear weapons spending will cost our country $700 billion in the coming decade.
As Occupy Wall Street gatherings spread across the country and more and more of the 99% call for funding human and environmental needs over corporate greed, nuclear weapons and excessive military spending must be on the table NOW for cuts. Bravo to Senator Markey! Thank you for leading the way with your straight talk and smart strategies. Now, Georgia WAND community, let's weigh in and lift our voices to keep the discussion going and make those cuts a reality by November 23. Contact members of the Super Committee today and show support for Senator Ed Markey's initiative.
(202) 224-3121 for the CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD Please call this number and ask to be connected to each member's office.
Bobbie Paul serves as Executive Director of Georgia WAND. She has spent almost 25 years supporting the vision of WAND’s founder – Dr. Helen Caldicott – to gradually rid the world of nuclear weapons. She has helped the Georgia chapter define its three areas of concentration across the state and Southeast region: Peace in Action, Environmental Justice and Empowering People to Act Politically. Paul has watch-dogged Savannah River Site (SRS) for over fifteen years and led campaigns to successfully restore Department of Energy (DOE) environmental monitoring of SRS in Georgia. Paul is a former theatre professional and the co-founder of a regional theatre company in St. Petersburg, Florida (now known as American Stage Company). She has worked for the US Department of State as a theatre specialist in Egypt and Jordan.