Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Binding dates for troop withdrawal remain in bill

I was worried the Democrats in the conference committee would take out the binding dates to begin troop withdrawal from the Iraq/Afghanistan funding bill. They didn't:

8The deal, which will come to final votes in the House and Senate Wednesday and Thursday, sets up a veto clash with President Bush by week's end. Congressional Democrats had considered making all dates for withdrawing U.S. troops advisory, hoping to persuade Bush to sign the bill, which would provide more than $100 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But once the president made it clear a veto was inevitable, Democratic leaders decided to stick to binding dates, at least for the initial troop pullouts.

Bush "is the only person who fails to face this war's reality -- and that failure is devastating not just for Iraq's future, but for ours," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) declared in a speech this afternoon.

Good for the Democrats. Maybe they read my post telling them to keep the dates binding.


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