There has always been a tendency in Washington to backslide. It is the nature of the political beast. Politics is based on compromise. Power and money are tightly connected and the individual voter has very little of the latter so gets very little of the former. If you want to be heard, as an individual voter, you need to speak up, a lot. Everyone should have the phone number of his/her representatives in Washington, and if something gets your attention you should also write a letter. Yes, you heard right, an actual snail mail letter.
If you have an opinion on the war in Iraq, you should let Washington know what you think. Here is Russ Finegold on the issue.