by Congressman Jim McGovern and Congressman George Miller
Today, December 3rd, President Barack Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will meet in Washington. Key to their agenda must be how to live up to the promises they made to U.S. and Colombian workers and the Congress to promote and protect labor rights. Right now, the reality on the ground for Colombian workers, unions and labor activists is grim. As Congress faces votes next year on new trade agreements, there are lessons to be learned in the challenges besetting Colombia.
The next president — and I hope it’s Barack Obama — should at long last move beyond the Cold War and normalize relations with Cuba. This means using his authority to lift financial and travel restrictions that make it so difficult for Americans to travel there; working with Congress to end economic sanctions imposed by the legislature; and removing Cuba from the so-called terrorist list on which it clearly doesn’t belong.
I’m not convinced that there is any light at the end of the tunnel.
I am not convinced that this war is coming to an end.
And I do not believe we should continue sacrificing the dedication and blood of our servicemen and women for a deeply flawed and corrupt government that is simply not “fixable.” Oh, we can change the names, the programs, the projects – but it’s simply more of the same problems – over and over again.
This morning, I introduced a bipartisan amendment to set in motion a real plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
The amendment calls for a plan and timeframe on the accelerated transition of military operations to Afghan authorities, but does not restrict the Presidentâs authority to attack al-Qaeda forces wherever they are located.
Today at 4:30, I'll be hosting a live Twitter Town Hall, and you're invited. I'm taking questions using the #AskMcG hashtag---feel free to submit anytime between now and then.
I'll be focusing on Afghanistan and budget issues. As you know, I am a firm advocate of setting an exit strategy in Afghanistan, and getting our troops home as soon as possible. I also believe that we in Congress need to focus on creating jobs, and "Make it in America." Our priorities should be helping seniors, working families, and nation-building here in America, not spending money on a corrupt government overseas in Afghanistan.
Earlier today, I appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to talk about the importance of ending the War in Afghanistan as a matter of smart fiscal policy. You can see a clip of my appearance below.
Here's the deal: Our involvement in Afghanistan is bankrupting us while doing little for national security. And while some would rather ignore the inconvenient facts, this war is being paid for with our national credit card, with no plan to pay it off.