No Taxes for Iraq
July 20th, 2007

The Congresswoman at City HallRepresentative Nydia Velzquez wants to put decision-making for the Iraq war in the hands of the people who are footing th bill for it: U.S. taxpayers. In a press conference at City Hall today, the New York Democrat announced that she has introduced the Opt Out of Iraq War Act of 2007 in the House of Representatives. It would require that the Internal Revenue Service amend its tax forms to include a checkbox for voters to opt out of funding the Iraq war. By ticking the box, the taxpayer would block their individual contributions from being spent in Iraq.

The money diverted from the Iraq War would create a trust fund known as the Future Fund. It would be divided equally between the Headstart early childhood education program, reduction of the national debt and a college fund for children of Iraq War veterans.

At City Hall, Velzquez chastised the Bush administration for not heeding public opnion and withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. She asserted that, if the president wont withdraw troops, this bill can end the war by simply not funding it. “I have voted against this war more than 20 times, Velzquez said, adding, we have to leave Iraq so that the Iraqi people can start to determine their own national direction.

Velzquez, who represents parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, was joined by activists, war veterans, and supporters at the press conference. One, Carolyn Eisenburg said that this bill will send a clear message: If our Pinocchio President cant see past his nose, its time for our Congress to show him the way out of Iraq!

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