Seattle, Washington Bring Our War $ Home resolution

Passed by a vote of the Seattle City Council by a vote of 9-0 on July 11, 2011

Resolution 31306

 A RESOLUTION calling on Congress and the President to redirect war spending to domestic priorities.

 WHEREAS, on June 20, 2011 the US Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling on the President and U.S. Congress to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq "as soon as strategically possible and bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs, promote job creation, rebuild our infrastructure, aid municipal and state governments, and develop a new economy based upon renewable, sustainable energy and reduce the federal debt," with Seattle Mayor McGinn's support; and

 WHEREAS, in 2003 the Seattle City Council passed resolution 30594 "in support of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States, expressing our pride in their service"; and

 WHEREAS, in 2009 the Council passed Ordinance 123014, prohibiting discrimination against persons with veteran or military status, in employment, housing, and other areas; and

 WHEREAS, on December 10, 2001, the Council passed Ordinance 120682, authorizing continued health care coverage for City of Seattle employees mobilized for active military duty through 2002, and renewed this commitment annually, through 2003 by passing Ordinance 120058, and through 2004 by passing Ordinance 120058; and

 WHEREAS, in December, 2004 the Council passed Ordinance 121692, extending this commitment to "December 31, 2010 or when the United States Armed Forces officially withdraws from military operations in Afghanistan or Iraq, whichever comes first"; and

 WHEREAS, in August, 2005 the Council passed Ordinance 121885, furthering its support for City of Seattle employees mobilized for active military duty by implementing a wage supplement program to pay these employees the difference between their base military wages and their base City wages, if higher through "December 31, 2010 or when the United States Armed Forces officially withdraws from military operations in Afghanistan or Iraq, whichever comes first"; and

 WHEREAS, on December 13, 2010 the Council passed Ordinance 123506, renewing its commitment to provide health care benefits and the wage supplement through December 31, 2012, or when the United States Armed Forces officially withdraws from military operations in Afghanistan or Iraq, whichever comes first; and

 WHEREAS, in 2007 the Council passed resolution 30969 "recognizing the human and financial costs of the Iraq War and supporting an end to the war in Iraq and a safe return home for our troops"; and

 Whereas, according to the March 29, 2011 Congressional Research Office report The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11, the people of the United States paid $165 billion in 2010 to wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and since 2001 have paid $1.28 trillion; according to costofwar.com, Seattle taxpayers have paid $2.6 billion of these costs; and

 WHEREAS, during this war period, US government debt rose from $5.9 trillion at the end of 2001 to $14 trillion at the end of 2010; and

 WHEREAS, the severity of the ongoing economic crisis has created budget shortfalls at all levels of government and requires us to re-examine our national spending priorities; and

 WHEREAS, federal budget pressures impact the City of Seattle, most recently resulting in a 16% reduction in funding to the City's Community Development Block Grant program, and a $2.1 million mid-year cut to the 2011 City of Seattle Adopted Budget; NOW THEREFORE,

 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THE MAYOR CONCURRING:

 Section 1. The City Council supports the US Conference of Mayors resolution calling on the President and U.S. Congress to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as can be done safely for our troops and bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs, promote job creation, rebuild our infrastructure, aid municipal and state governments, and develop a new economy based upon renewable, sustainable energy and reduce the federal debt.