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RESOLUTION No. 5040 <br />A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE CITY COUNCIL'S DESIRE THAT <br />FUNDS To CONTINUE THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS BE <br />DIRECTED To DOMESTIC PRIORITIES, INCLUDING PRESSING <br />NEEDS IN THE CITY OF EUGENE, <br />The City Council of the City of Eugene finds that: <br />A. The severity of the nation's ongoing economic crisis requires that the government <br />of the United States use its financial resources to rebuild our society, aiding state and local <br />governments in maintaining and restoring public services, social services, and programs, <br />including education, health care, the social safety net, and public safety; support environmental <br />clean -up and alternative energy programs; rebuild our physical infrastructure, and take urgent <br />measures to support job creation in both the private and public sectors. <br />B. More than 6,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have died in these wars — <br />including at least 128 from Oregon—and more than 120,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq and. <br />Afghanistan since the coalition operations began, thousands more U.S. military personnel and <br />Iraqi and Afghan civilians have suffered devastating physical and mental injuries, and those <br />countries have experienced destruction and environmental degradation. <br />C. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the United States more than $1.1 <br />trillion and cost Eugene more than $341 million. <br />D. The Pentagon's budget has increased significantly since 1998 to a staggering $725. <br />billion —not including indirect military spending by other agencies —more than all other <br />discretionary spending combined. <br />E. The more than $341 million spent by Eugene taxpayers to date on the Iraq and <br />Afghan wars could have provided one year's Head Start for nearly 22,821 Eugene children; or <br />one year's low- income health care for more than 66 Eugene children; or one year's salary for <br />more than 2,000 public school elementary teachers in Eugene; or one year of VA medical care <br />for 16,159 military veterans in Eugene; or more than 17,000 one -year scholarships for university <br />students, according to the National Priorities Project. <br />Now, THEREFORE, <br />BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EUGENE, a <br />Municipal Corporation of the State of Oregon, as follows: <br />Section 1. The Council of the City of Eugene, on behalf of the people of Eugene, urge <br />President Obama to speed up the ending of these wars by beginning withdrawal of forces in a <br />safe, rapid and orderly fashion that fully protects American troops from harm and to support <br />efforts led by international organizations to rebuild both countries. <br />Resolution - Page 1 of 2 <br />