Monday, May 21, 2007

Dems set war bill without Iraq timeline

Yahoo! News In grudging concessions to President Bush, Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs, officials said Monday. The legislation would include the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade, a top priority for the Democrats who took control of Congress in January, the officials added. While details remain subject to change, the measure is designed to close the books by Friday on a bruising veto fight between Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress over the war. It would provide funds for military operations in Iraq through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

The nutroots are outraged:
Brendan blogged The Democrats, Pelosi and Reid among them, promised to end the war in Iraq. That is why we voted for them in 2006. If I wanted more of the same, I would have voted for any number of incumbent Republicans who would continue business as usual.... With all due respect, fuck you and the donkey you rode in on.
Does this mean you are not happy?
mcjoan blogged This isn't the end of the fight, just so everyone is clear on that. This is funding for the remaining of the fiscal year, probably not beyond, again, September. There are still defense bills coming up to work on. What that means is building on the 29 votes we got in the Senate, and the 171 in the House for withdrawal.
If you could not previail now, future interference with defense bills will just hurt the Dems.
Keep the pressure on.
Michael Winter reported AP says officials Democrats might craft a separate bill to try to pass the stripped domestic funding, which Bush and Republicans are oppose.

And how are you going to get past Bush's veto?

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