The heat isn't the only problem. At the Atlantic Dashieill Bennett writes:
The blistering summer and ongoing drought conditions have the prompted the U.S. Agriculture Department to declare a federal disaster area in more than 1,000 counties covering 26 states. That's almost one-third of all the counties in the United States, making it the largest distaster declaration ever made by the USDA.
The declaration covers almost every state in the southern half of the continental U.S., from South Carolina in the East to California in the West. It's also includes Colorado and Wyoming (which have been hit by devatasting wildfires) and Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska in the Midwest. However, it does not include Iowa, which is the largest grain and corn producer in the U.S. This map shows the counties affected:
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2007:
The votes today in the House on H.R. 2956, the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Actwill send a critical message to the Senate as it continues debate on the DoD authorization, and to the President that it is time for a change in Iraq.Tweet of the Day:Mitt strains to 'splain as Bain reign remains a campaign stain. #NailedIt
A unified Democratic vote on this legislation, which mirrors the Senate Levin/Reed bill and sets a date certain for redeployment out of Iraq of April 1, 2008, is critical. In May, the baseline vote for the Democratic position in Iraq, the McGovern fully funded withdrawal showed that 171 House members are ready to end the war by cutting off funds. The current legislation doesn't use the purse strings, but it does take the step of setting a binding date certain, a position which all Democrats should be able to accept.
Below the fold are the Democrats who voted against the McGovern bill in May. If your representative is on that list, call and urge him or her to vote for this legislation, HR 2956. It's time to end this occupation.