Talking Tough on IraqNovember 13, 2007 - by Donny Shaw
>Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that Democrats won’t approve more money for the Iraq war this year unless President Bush agrees to begin bringing troops home.
>By the end of the week, the House and Senate planned to vote on a $50 billion measure for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would require Bush to initiate troop withdrawals immediately with the goal of ending combat by December 2008.
>If Bush vetoes the bill, “then the president won’t get his $50 billion,” Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference.
>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made a similar statement last week in a closed-door caucus meeting.
The bill, which will likely be taken up by both chambers on Wednesday, will require U.S.troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq within 30 days of enactment, with most troops being withdrawn by December 15, 2008. The $50 billion it would make available could only be for force protection, counterterrorism operations and training of the Iraqi military.
We’ll see if the Democratic leaders follow through with their threats. Because Congress has already approved general defense money for 2008, the military will be able to continue the war until Congress reconvenes in January if this bill is blocked by a Senate filibuster or vetoed by the President (and not overridden). Reid and Pelosi probably wouldn’t even have the gall to even make such a threat at this point if continuation of the war did depend on this funding bill being enacted.
I’ll put up a link as soon as OpenCongress gets the bill.
UPDATE: The bill passed the House today by a vote of 218-203. Still don’t have a link to the bill page though…