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Cowardly Dem Congress strikes again

US lawmakers to vote on Iraq, Afghanistan war funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US House of Representatives was set to vote Thursday on a compromise bill to free up 162 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stripped of a timetable to pull US troops out of Iraq.

The bill was hammered out by Democrats and Republicans after weeks of partisan haggling, angering peace activists while being welcomed by the White House.

The deal was reached after Democrats agreed to keep a withdrawal timetable off the bill. The majority party has repeatedly failed to force President George W. Bush's hand on Iraq since taking over Congress in 2006 elections.

But Democrats insisted on inserting a modern version of the post-World War II GI Bill in order to expand education benefits to veterans, a plan that Senate Republicans and the White House had opposed.

The legislation also calls on the Iraqi government to spend as much money as US taxpayers for reconstruction and bars the Bush administration from using the funding to establish permanent bases in Iraq.

"If this is the deal, we're obviously very hopeful," said White House Budget Director Jim Nussle. "It meets the president's requirements of the troops."

Lawmakers said the House was likely to approve the bill, whose funding is slightly lower than the 165 billion dollars passed by the Senate last month.

"This bill is a real victory," said House Republican Leader John Boehner. "It gets our troops the funding they need for success, without ham-stringing our commanders in the field with politically motivated war restrictions."

Republican presidential contender John McCain, a staunch backer of the war in Iraq, hailed the long-awaited troop funding bill.

"I am pleased an agreement has finally been reached to fund our troops," the Arizona senator said.

"It is unfortunate that for months, the Democrat-controlled Congress has placed partisan politics over essential war funding needs, demonstrating an unconscionable lack of concern for the welfare of our combat troops in the field."

McCain's Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama, has vowed to withdraw troops from Iraq.

The compromise legislation angered leftist peace activists, who argued that Democrats won control of Congress in the 2006 election with a mandate to pull troops out of Iraq.

"We're disgusted that behind closed doors, the Democrats and Republicans in Congress have conspired with the White House to keep this war going well into the next administration," said Medea Benjamin of the anti-war Code Pink group.

"This is a complete betrayal of the American people who voted for a new Congress in 2006," she said.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the compromise, saying the priority was to protect the interests of US troops.

"Well, first of all, you don't do everything in one bill," Pelosi said. "Now among those members who would not be happy about the bill not having date certain, count me among them."

"The president simply will not sign such legislation," she said. "Our troops are in harm's way. They need to be taken care of."

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said the funding will help the president meet his obligation to members of the armed forces on the battlefield and their loved ones back home.

"President Bush understands that military families throughout our country are making great sacrifices as their loved ones serve at home and abroad," she said in a statement.

Perino said the supplemental war funding bill will "deliver critical support to our men and women in uniform."

She said Bush was particularly pleased with the education funding, which will now extend to military families in some cases.

"The president is pleased that Congress answered his call to ensure that military families will soon be able to transfer their unused education benefits to their spouse or children," she said.

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I have been on the phone with my Congressman's aide this afternoon about this. Between this and the FISA bill I am finding that Status Quo is very annoying.

I was told that there are several measures that are limiting and are starting to draw things tighter. However, as the aide said, as long as there is a President who wants to play soldier by proxy, there is little to do short of gridlocking Congress and getting absolutely nothing done.

So funding is passed with caveats and limits and conditions and everyone just hopes that the deck will clear January 21. At that point things will be different.

I have known her for 20 years and I don't have the impression that she is just providing patter. She has to look at me about once a month, as does the Congressman. And I am just as annoying in person when pointing out stupidity.

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She has to look at me about once a month, as does the Congressman. And I am just as annoying in person when pointing out stupidity.
One can only imagine!



McBear's Congressman gets word that he is dropping by to discuss a few 'issues'.


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