Shortly after the House vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee granted Bush's full request for war funding. But it also included non-binding language seeking to change the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, by June 2009, from combat to counter-terrorism and training Iraqi forces.Freaking politicians are playing games with the war and it's despicable. Excuse me while I vomit.
The Senate panel's bill also would spend about $9 billion more than Bush requested for a variety of programs, which could draw a White House veto. And it inserted other thorny provisions, such as providing $5 million to open a U.S. consulate in Lhasa, Tibet, where China has been accused of human rights abuses.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, told reporters he expects the Senate to restore the war funding and give House Republicans another chance to approve it, before existing war funds are depleted by next month or so.
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Thursday, May 15
Playing Games with The War
While John McCain was proudly proclaiming that he can end the war in Iraq by 2013 (as if) Congress, "in a surprise and largely symbolic move, defeated legislation on Thursday to fund the war in Iraq for another year." 132 Republicans voted "present" rather than yes or no, (because they are twerps and do what their master tells them...)