The next battleground for Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act is the US Senate. The Senate's Subcommittee on African Affairs is chaired by Russ Feingold(D) of Wisconsin. The Netroots call Senator Fiengold the conscience of the senate. These are some facts about the great senator.
-He was the only senator to vote against the USA Patriot Act in 2001.
- He voted against the Iraq war
-He co-sponsored the Campaign Reform Act of 2002.
- Feingold is one of the US senators least liked K street lobbyists.
- More importantly, he was one of the ten US senators who in July this year wrote a letter urging Secretary Rice to "intensify pressure on Ethiopian government to respect fundamental human rights norms." Read the letter here.
With ten percent of the senate already very concerned about human rights abuses in Ethiopia, can the pro-democracy train be stopped? The campaign should begin now. Step in the coalition for HR 2003!