News broke today that Congressman Chip Cravaack (R-MN) has filed an amendment to the FY 2012 defense authorization bill to repeal the charter of the U.S. Institute of Peace. This proposal comes after what has already been months of battle to keep the organization alive. The vote is set to hit the House floor very soon – possibly even today. This being said, the vote would have to pass on the Senate side for such a change to take affect. Passing of this vote would eliminate USIP entirely. Time is now to start making phone calls to our representatives.
I wrote a short op-ed and call to action earlier this year that outlined some basic talking points, and examined some of the issues surrounding the work of the institute and its effectiveness relative to the amount of money costing US taxpayers. More to come as things develop.
Click here for an Op-Ed from Rep Mike Honda (D-CA) defending USIP.