November 23, 2005: NORTON ANNOUNCES "SPEAK OUT" ON IRAQ AND U.S. SPENDING PRIORITIES

Jan 9, 2006
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2005

NORTON ANNOUNCES "SPEAK OUT" ON IRAQ AND U.S. SPENDING PRIORITIES

Washington, DC—The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that she will hold an “Emergency Speak Out on the War & Our Priorities at Home,” Thursday, December 1, 2005, 6:30 – 8:30 pm in 345 Cannon House Office Building (Cannon Caucus Room), 1st and C Streets SE.  Talk Show Host Kojo Nnamdi of WAMU 88.5 FM will moderate the Speak Out and the public will hear from Emory Kosh, a D.C. resident who served in Iraq.  All views will be welcome.  

Responding to the tense debate on the Iraq War that erupted on the House floor just before Congress recessed for Thanksgiving, Norton said: “The country may be at a turning point and I want to hear from D.C. residents.  I want to hear residents who want the United States out of Iraq say how they think this should be accomplished.  I want to hear why others believe the United States must remain as long as it takes.  And I want to hear the priorities of residents for federal spending and for tax breaks and incentives in the present economic climate.”  Norton said that Republicans and Democrats have expressed strong differences on the controversial $50 billion in new House cuts to health programs, student loans, and other federal programs, and on the proposed $70 billion tax cut largely benefiting wealthy Americans and corporations.  At the same time, both parties see great danger in the mounting deficit, and Norton wants to hear residents’ priorities, considering the constraints that will be necessary.  The Congresswoman said that her mail and other communications show that constituents want to be heard, “especially because they are paying for the war and absorbing cuts in vital programs without a vote on any of these issues on the floor.”