The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed a nonbinding resolution affirming the Armenian genocide against the objections of President Bush and numerous former secretaries of state and defense who warned that it could seriously harm U.S.-Turkey relations.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) threatened to hold up $190 billion in supplemental Iraq War funding unless the president acceded to demands for an exit strategy and simultaneously proposed a war surtax.
After the Sept. 4 release of the GAO report on progress in Iraq, which stated that only three of eighteen benchmarks had been met, Democrats in Congress used the report as evidence of flawed policy, while Republicans sought to discredit the report.
The House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act on Aug. 5, in a vote of 394-13, which would fund the DoD for fiscal year 2008, but would not address funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The House passed an amendment on Aug. 4 to the FY 2008 DoD appropriations bill that would undo an implemented recommendation of the 9/11 commission to disclose the total intelligence budget to the general public.
After passing overwhelmingly in the House on July 31, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) blocked a Darfur divestment bill in the Senate.
The Senate unanimously passed the Wounded Warriors Act on July 25 with an included 3.5 percent pay increase.
Following an all night debate over troop withdrawal from Iraq, as expected, Senate Republicans successfully filibustered the Levin-Reed amendment to the Defense appropriations bill, in a 52-47 vote on July 18. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) then responded by temporarily setting aside the overall Defense Authorization bill until Republicans refrained from filibustering Iraq War measures.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) followed through with any earlier threat, holding an overnight debate on July 17 regarding the Levin-Reed amendment to the Defense appropriations bill which calls for a troop withdrawal from Iraq, following a Republican filibuster of the measure.
Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and John Warner (R-Va.) introduced an amendment to the FY2008 defense appropriations bill that would require the President to devise an exit strategy from Iraq within three months, recommending the implementation of a redeployment of troops in Iraq by the end of the year.
Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) called for the withdrawal of American forces in Iraq, the latest GOP Members of Congress to break ranks with their Republican colleagues and the President over the war, in early July.
A bipartisan group of congressmen issued a letter to President Bush urging him to reconstitute the Iraq Study Group, in order to provide an independent perspective to compare with General Petreaus's report due in September, on Jun. 30.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatened to cancel the Senate's August recess if Senators did not resolve disputes and move forward on legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and tightening restrictions on ethics and lobbying.
The House passed a non-binding resolution sponsored by House Armed Services Committee Chair Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), which disapproved of President Bush's proposed troop "surge" in Iraq, on Feb. 16.
A cloture vote failed in the Senate on Feb. 5 on a compromise non-binding resolution, proposed by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), which opposed President Bush's troop "surge" in Iraq and required the president to submit a progress report on Iraq to Congress every 30 days.
The House passed a bill (H.R. 1) implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 commission on Jan. 10, as part of the new Democratic majority's "First 100 Hours" agenda.