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Are Democrats Being "Sidetracked" by Iraq?

March 21, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

The Washington Times is writing that Congressional Democrats are “0 for 6” because their agenda has been “sidetracked” by the Iraq war. Whether it is proper for the Iraq war to take center stage in Congress is a matter of opinion — a new poll suggests that Congress’ job approval rating is down because of their failure to do anything substantive about the war. Regardless, the article gives a convenient rundown of where some of the other major issues of the Democratic platform stand at this point.

From the article:

>None of the elements of the newly minted Democrats’ congressional agenda have made it to President Bush’s desk, and the prospects of signature bills such as federal funding for stem-cell research or homeland-security improvements becoming law any time soon are doubtful.
> Much of the Democratic agenda — dubbed “Six for ’06” — sailed out of the House with bipartisan support, but all of it has stalled in the Senate as leaders scramble to deal with the Iraq war.
> “I don’t think they’ve gotten anything done,” House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio said of the Democrats. “How many bills have they sent to the president? None? Somewhere around there.”
>A minimum-wage increase, which seems the most likely of the Democratic plans to get Mr. Bush’s signature, has not yet been sent to the president because House and Senate leaders are still bickering over its specifics.
>House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland last week grumbled over what he called a “slowdown” in the senate, while acknowledging his counterpart in that chamber has an uphill battle to pass legislation in a closely divided body.
>"I would like to have passed them all by now," he said. “I’m frustrated by it, yes.”

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