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Stop the big oil giveaway fueling our enemies.


Since General Clark‘s email, over 16,000 people have signed our letter to the Environmental Protection Agency calling on them to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS is an important tool in reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and it’s critical that you add your name before we submit the signatures in January. You can do that here:

http://www.savetherfs.org/

Thanks for standing with the veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters who have already taken action on this important issue.

Jon Soltz
@JonSoltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org

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Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering gutting one of the most important policies put in place to limit the amount of fossil fuels we burn and lower our dependence on foreign oil.

It’s called the Renewable Fuel Standard and it ensures a minimum number of renewable fuels are used for transportation in the United States.

As veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters, we have a unique understanding about the cost of our dependence on foreign oil. It’s not just measured in the price at the pump, or a changing climate, but also in the lives lost and changed through deployments to protect the flow of oil in the Middle East.

VoteVets is participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s public comment period on this issue. It ends in a few weeks, and we’d love it if you added your name to ours before we submit. You can do that here:

http://www.savetherfs.org/

This is an important issue and a very real chance for you to make a difference. The EPA traditionally takes these comments very seriously, but our voices are at risk of being drowned out by big oil interests running astroturf campaigns.

That’s why your petition signature is so important. I hope you’ll add your name to mine today.

All the best,

General (Ret.) Wesley Clark
Board Member, VoteVets.org

VoteVets.org is supporting Seth Moulton


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As a U.S. Marine, Seth Moulton served four tours in Iraq over five years — leading an infantry platoon that was one of the first to enter Baghdad.

Now he’s running in a toss-up race for a first term in Congress, and VoteVets is proud to stand with him.

Seth has an important campaign finance deadline this month and your contribution of $10 will give him the resources he needs to win.

http://action.votevets.org/seth-moulton

Seth is running as the progressive candidate in a Democratic Primary against corrupt Congressman John Tierney.

In 2012, plagued by ethical problems that involved unreported gifts from owners of an illegal offshore gambling business, Tierney barely hung on with 48% of the vote… in a district Obama carried by double digits.

This race is our best chance to elect a progressive veteran to Congress in 2014 while simultaneously restoring some integrity and trust in our nation’s capital.

Let’s do it.

Help VoteVets support Seth Moulton by making a $10 contribution to his campaign before the critical end of quarter deadline.

http://action.votevets.org/seth-moulton

We have a lot of important campaigns to support in 2014 — but Seth’s race is near the top of the list. It’s important.

All the best,

Jon Soltz
@JonSoltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org

Garett Reppenhagen, VoteVets.org … the NRA


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As an Iraq War veteran and Colorado resident, I was happy to see over 90% of VoteVets supporters choose to fight back against the NRA-backed recalls and stand up for State Senator John Morse in Colorado.

So that’s what we’re going to do.

Election Day is in three weeks, and we’re on the air in a big way in Colorado defending John Morse, who has been a champion for veterans throughout his time in office.

Watch the ad and help keep us on the air.

http://action.votevets.org/recall

These recall elections are a chance to show legislators across the country that we’ll stand with those who take action to reduce gun violence.

If we beat the NRA here, we’ll send a message that begins to dismantle the culture of fear the NRA has fostered in Congress and state capitals around the country. That’s why we’re asking people to vote NO on this recall.

Thank you for standing with us,

Garett Reppenhagen
Iraq War Veteran
VoteVets.org

Veteran’s Support Congressman Enyart


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In 2012, Major General (Ret.) William Enyart answered the call when health concerns forced the Democratic nominee for the House of Representatives in IL-12 to withdraw from the race.

With the support of VoteVets members, he won a close contest and has gone on to serve as a tireless advocate for veterans in the House. Earlier this year, Representative Enyart sponsored the “Veterans Backlog Reduction Act” that would ensure disability claims are handled expeditiously.

It wasn’t clear whether or not he was going to run for re-election, but thankfully he’s decided to continue his service.

Will you join VoteVets and send a strong message to everyone watching that we’ll stand with veteran members of Congress who stand with us? Contribute to Congressman Enyart’s campaign here:

http://action.votevets.org/enyart

Just this week, a strong Republican challenger jumped into race to challenge Congressman Enyart.

The next few days are going to set the tone for the rest of the race.

Let’s get this done,

Jon Soltz
@jonsoltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org

Stay out of Syria


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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 15-3 in favor of arming and training the Syrian rebels.

This is a misguided and dangerous idea.

I helped to train the Iraqi Army during my second tour, and their concern is that many of the anti-Assad forces are the same terrorists they’ve fought before and who continue to target them.

Plus, as Senator Tom Udall noted, once we introduce weapons, we have zero control over them. The United States “could turn over the weapons we’re talking about and next day they end up in the hands of al-Qaida.”

Three Senators voted against the bill in committee, but we need you to send a  strong message to the other 97 that you oppose intervention in Syria’s civil war. You can do that here:

http://action.votevets.org/syria

Moreover, there is no winning scenario when we get involved in other nations’ civil wars and proxy wars.

On this point, Senator Chris Murphy said it best: “We have failed over and over again in our attempts to pull the strings of Middle Eastern politics.”

Let’s not make the same mistake again.

Jon Soltz
@jonsoltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org