There is wide political agreement that we need to do more to support our veterans and their families. A recent spectacular demonstration was the 326-90 vote in the House and 95-3 vote in the Senate to repeal the military pension cuts to veterans and active service members that were in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. A key question in the current federal budget environment is how we are going to pay for increased veterans' benefits, given broad Republican resistance to raising revenue or increasing the deficit.
Dear Ms. Michel,
Just over a week ago, the Senate fell one vote short of overcoming a Republican filibuster to pass a three-month extension of assistance for the long-term unemployed.
It was, without doubt, a world-historical moment last Thursday when AIPAC concededthat its push to sabotage U.S. diplomacy with Iran had been decisively rebuked. As theNew York Times noted, it had been decades since AIPAC lost such a high-profile showdown so decisively.
Who knew we’d live to see this glorious day? The New York Times is reporting that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)’s efforts to pass a bill in the Senate to cripple diplomacy with Iran have stalled, and concludes that AIPAC has lost influence in Washington.  Hallelujah!
Now we have a great opportunity to take the fight to the House, where more than 70 Representatives are circulating a letter supporting U.S.-Iran diplomacy and opposing new sanctions and other measures that would kill the talks. 
Getting Members of Congress to stay off a nefarious bill is important, but it’s even more significant when we can get them to publicly endorse realistic diplomacy to end the U.S.-Iran conflict.
Urge your Representative to sign the diplomacy letter now.
Thanks for all you do to help bring about a just foreign policy,
Robert Naiman, Chelsea Mozen, and Megan Iorio
Just Foreign Policy
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1. “Potent Pro-Israel Group Finds Its Momentum Blunted,” Mark Landler, New York Times, Feb. 3, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/world/middleeast/potent-pro-israel-gro...
2. "Another big blow to the Iran sanctions bill,” Greg Sargent, Washington Post, February 3, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/02/03/another-big-...