In the 24 hours that the Senate debated the Levin-Reed Amendment, thousands of Americans across the country made their voices heard in support of a new direction in Iraq. In that time, millions of dollars more were spent, and even more lives were lost in Iraq. In the Senate, as Democrats pushed for a new direction in Iraq the Grand Obstruction Party continued their tactics to block the will of the American people.
Support accross the country for changing course in Iraq:
59,603 – Faxes and counting sent to Senators in support of Levin-Reed Amendment
10 – Iraq Veterans who spent the day lobbying Senators for a change of course in Iraq.
155 – Events held around the country hosted by Americans Against Escalation, Moveon.org, and the “Iraq Summer Campaign” in support of changing course in Iraq. [Americans Against Escalation in Iraq Memo, 7/18/07]
450 – People who attended a Call to Action by Candlelight in Upper Senate Park.
21 – Democratic Senators who attended a Call to Action by Candlelight in Upper Senate Park.
57 – Democratic House members who attended Call to Action by Candlelight in Upper Senate Park.
33 – Democratic Senators who spoke on the floor in favor of a change of course in Iraq. [Senate Floor Proceedings, 7/17/07, 7/18/07]
2 – New Senators to vote for a change of course in Iraq. [Senate Vote 252, HR 1585, 7/18/07]
Costs of war in Iraq continue to rise:
3 – U.S. soldiers reported killed in Iraq on July 17. [icasualties.org]
168 - Iraqis reported killed on July 17. [IraqSlogger.com, 7/17/07]
86 – Iraqis reported wounded on July 17. [www.IraqSlogger.com, 7/17/07]
$322 Million – Amount of taxpayer dollars spent in Iraq on July 17. [CRS, 6/28/07]
Grand Obstruction Party blocks efforts to change course in Iraq:
8 – Number of times Republicans obstructed giving the Levin-Reed amendment a majority vote. [Senate Floor Proceedings, 7/17/07, 7/18/07]
7 – Number of Republican Senators who have recently spoken out against escalation and for redeployment, but who voted against changing course in Iraq. Senate Vote 252, HR 1585, 7/18/07]