Saturday, December 8, 2007

Quite the surprise eh?

House Democratic leaders could complete work as soon as Monday on a half-trillion-dollar spending package that will include billions of dollars for the war effort in Iraq without the timelines for the withdrawal of combat forces that President Bush has refused to accept, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said yesterday.

In a complicated deal over the war funds, Democrats will include about $11 billion more in domestic spending than Bush has requested, emergency drought relief for the Southeast and legislation to address the subprime mortgage crisis, Hoyer told a meeting of the Washington Post editorial board.

If the bargain were to become law, it would be the third time since Democrats took control of Congress that they would have failed to force Bush to change course in Iraq and continued to fund a war that they have repeatedly vowed to end.
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Looks like more "guns and (I can't believe it's not) butter." Supposedly Pelosi and Reid are vowing not to support any war funding bill that doesn't include some sort of timetables for withdrawal of troops (although as others have shown elsewhere, such "withdrawals" are more cosmetic than anything else); but I will predict that both "leaders" of their respective Congressional chamber will make like Sir Robin and bravely run away from even that weak challenge.

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