Friday, May 25, 2007

Congress Votes to Fund the Troops

Finally, they funded our troops...

From ABC News:
After a nearly four-month standoff between the Democratic-controlled Congress and the White House, the House and Senate passed a war funding bill Thursday evening that does not contain timetables for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The overwhelming majority of House Democrats voted against the bill, even those Democratic leaders who introduced the legislation to be voted upon -- a tacit acknowledgement that, at least in this round of wrangling, President George W. Bush won.[snip]

Yup, the democrats support the troops so much that they voted to deny them the money they need for better weaponry and voted not to PAY THEM.

In addition to providing $95.5 billion in funds for troops in Iraq and Afganistan, the bill contains provisions largely based on language written by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., which sets 18 benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet. If the Iraqi government does not meet those benchmarks, President Bush can choose to penalize the government by withholding aid.[snip]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that since President Bush first officially requested supplemental funds for U.S. troops in February, "Congress has voted more than 30 times on Iraqi-related measures without approving a single dime. One hundred eight days and more than 30 votes later, ... we're relieved the Democratic leadership has decided to strip a reckless and nonsensical surrender date from the bill."[snip]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the other hand, spoke with measured control, describing the bill as "something that does not have adequate guidelines and timetables, something that does not have adequate consequences, and something that does not have my support."[snip]

That ought to make the anti-war anti-troop crowd happy Sweeper of the House.

That was not good enough for Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus.

"It boggles my mind that Congress wants to give him another blank check to buy more shovels," she said.
Congressional Progressive Caucus? We have a communist caucus in congress? Do you see how bad things have gotten? We have a black caucus, a hispanic caucus and communist caucus in Congress! These are all minority groups that work for their individual special interests! Not the interests of the majority of the American people, their minority interests.

Well, we get some rest from this, but it will be back...

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