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Updated September 23, 2005


On March 10, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) reintroduced legislation in the 109th Congress to suspend operations of the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC. HR 1217, "The Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2005," had 78 bi-partisan introductory co-sponsors -- thanks to YOUR determined efforts during our February Lobby Day and National Call-in Day! The bill currently has 122 bi-partisan co-sponsors, which are listed at the bottom of the page.

For more details, visit thomas.loc.gov, and click on "Search Bills and Resolutions." Select the option to search by bill number, and in the "Enter Search" box, enter the bill number for HR 1217. By clicking on the "Bill Summary and Status" link, you can access other useful information about the bill.

If you do not see your Member of Congress at the bottom of this page, take the time to call their DC office by calling the Capitol Hill Switchboard (202-224-3121). Here is a suggested message for you to convey:

"I am calling Congressman/woman ________ to remind him/her that Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced HR 1217, The Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2005, which would suspend and investigate the School of the Americas, which now uses the acronym WHINSEC. I urge the Congressman/woman to contact Rep. McGovern's office to become a cosponsor of this bipartisan bill. This would be one very concrete step to support human rights and promote peace and justice for the people of Latin America."


  • Be directed towards the appropriate person?the legislative staffer who handles the SOA/ WHINSEC issue, usually either the foreign policy or defense aide. Just ask when you call.
  • Include mention of your name and city/area of residence so they know you are a constituent.
  • Clearly state your ask:
    • For Representatives: Co-sponsor HR 1217, sponsored by Rep. McGovern, that calls for the suspension and investigation of the SOA/ WHINSEC. Have them call Rep. McGovern?s office for more information.
    • For Senators: Introduce companion legislation in the Senate that would call for the suspension and investigation of the SOA/ WHINSEC.
  • Briefly mention why that particular Member of Congress would and should support the ask. Check out the talking points for ideas (but feel free to think outside the box).


    A more informed caller usually gets a better response, so please do a little background research on your Member of Congress. This small investment will be useful in future lobbying on SOA/ WHINSEC issues and many other causes.
  • The SOA Watch Legislative Action Center has several helpful resources like: a quick link to find out who your Members of Congress are; past voting and co-sponsorship records (look under "Legislative History"); talking points and other ways to take action.
  • The Latin America Working Group (of which SOA Watch is a coalition member) keeps a congressional voting record on Latin America issues, especially Colombia votes. See: www.lawg.org/tools/scorecard/intro.htm
  • www.house.gov, www.senate.gov, thomas.loc.gov are all government sites with info and links.


    Excited? There is plenty more you can do to close the SOA/ WHINSEC.
  • Share this information with everyone you know and urge them to contact their representatives.
  • Write a follow-up letter. Like the calls, letters to Congressional offices are counted and help determine policy choices. Handwritten, personal letters are best. You can also find a sample on this site.
  • Make a visit to your Representative or Senator in the district office. See tips on how to have an effective lobbying meeting.
  • Visit the Current Bills and Action section for other organizing suggestions .

    122 COSPONSORS OF H.R. 1217 (+ Rep. McGovern) (as of 9/23/05):

  • Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1]
  • Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1]
  • Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1]
  • Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3]
  • Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2]
  • Rep Bean, Melissa L. [IL-8]
  • Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13]
  • Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1]
  • Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3]
  • Rep Boehlert, Sherwood [NY-24]
  • Rep Boucher, Rick [VA-9]
  • Rep Brown, Sherrod [OH-13]
  • Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23]
  • Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8]
  • Rep Carson, Julia [IN-7]
  • Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1]
  • Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14]
  • Rep Costello, Jerry F. [IL-12]
  • Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7]
  • Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7]
  • Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7]
  • Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4]
  • Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1]
  • Rep Delahunt, William [MA-10]
  • Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3]
  • Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6]
  • Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25]
  • Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14]
  • Rep Emanuel, Rahm [IL-5]
  • Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17]
  • Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14]
  • Rep Evans, Lane [IL-17]
  • Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17]
  • Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2]
  • Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51]
  • Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4]
  • Rep Green, Gene [TX-29]
  • Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7]
  • Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4]
  • Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27]
  • Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22]
  • Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15]
  • Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12]
  • Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15]
  • Rep Hooley, Darlene [OR-5]
  • Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2]
  • Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2]
  • Rep Jefferson, William J. [LA-2]
  • Rep Johnson, Eddie B. [TX-30]
  • Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs [OH-11]
  • Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1]
  • Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5]
  • Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C [MI-13]
  • Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3]
  • Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10]
  • Rep LaHood, Ray [IL-18]
  • Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12]
  • Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2]
  • Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1]
  • Rep Leach, James A. [IA-2]
  • Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9]
  • Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12]
  • Rep Lewis, John [GA-5]
  • Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16]
  • Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18]
  • Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9]
  • Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14]
  • Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7]
  • Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5]
  • Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4]
  • Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4]
  • Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7]
  • Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. [GA-4]
  • Rep McNulty, Michael R [NY-21]
  • Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA-5]
  • Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6]
  • Rep Miller, George [CA-7]
  • Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3]
  • Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4]
  • Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8]
  • Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-2]
  • Rep Nussle, Jim [IA-1]
  • Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8]
  • Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1]
  • Rep Owens, Major R. [NY-11]
  • Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6]
  • Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8]
  • Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14]
  • Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10]
  • Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6]
  • Rep Price, David E. [NC-4]
  • Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3]
  • Rep Ramstad, Jim [MN-3]
  • Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15]
  • Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9]
  • Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1]
  • Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17]
  • Rep Sabo, Martin Olav [MN-5]
  • Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39]
  • Rep Sanders, Bernard [VT]
  • Rep Schakowsky, Janice [IL-9]
  • Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16]
  • Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4]
  • Rep Slaughter, Louise [NY-28]
  • Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9]
  • Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13]
  • Rep Strickland, Ted [OH-6]
  • Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6]
  • Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10]
  • Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2]
  • Rep Udall, Tom [NM-3]
  • Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8]
  • Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12]
  • Rep Walsh, James T. [NY-25]
  • Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35]
  • Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33]
  • Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30]
  • Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9]
  • Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19]
  • Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6]
  • Rep Wu, David [OR-1]
  • Rep Wynn, Albert Russell [MD-4]

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