May 31, 2007
- Senator Patrick Leahy
- 433 Russell Office Building
- U.S. Senate
- Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Leahy:
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-partisan business association that advocates and demonstrates for a sustainable business ethic that nurtures profits, communities, and the environment.
We are moved to speak out about the war in Iraq because we feel it is having a significant negative impact on our State and our businesses.
Given the pressures within Vermont for a comprehensive energy strategy, universal health care coverage, a highly trained workforce, and affordable housing, we can no longer support the waste of billions of dollars on this war.
According to National Priorities Project the war in Iraq has cost Vermont over six hundred and sixty-three million dollars ($663,200,000). In addition to these financial costs, many employees of our rapidly growing companies are members of the Vermont National Guard and are deployed to Iraq. Their absence has strained our business operations, increased the workload for our employees and restricted our ability to respond to market demands.
VBSR has come to the conclusion that this war without end, without credible purpose, and without popular support, must be stopped. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility calls upon Congress to immediately stop all funding of the war in Iraq. We urge that the war appropriation funds be redirected to urgent domestic needs, including the medical, psychological, and financial needs of current and former combat veterans.
- Will Patten
- Executive Director