Even as they were caving in, the Democrats are claiming a victory on the Iraq war spending bill-
Pelosi's declaration of victory was in spite of her inclination to vote against the war funding measure because it does not include a timetable for troop withdrawals. Other House Democrats said they too would oppose it.
"I'm not voting for anything unless it ends the war," said Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
In order to secure the bill's passage, House leaders are planning to orchestrate two votes on Thursday. The first vote will be on war funding, while the second will decide whether extra money should be spent on domestic emergencies, military base closures, veterans care and other projects.
While Pelosi, Waters and other like-minded Democrats are expected to vote against the first amendment on war funds, GOP members will likely make up for the losses. On the second vote, it is anticipated Democrats will be unified in their support for the measure and overcome GOP objections to the extra spending.
You gotta love the fact that the Democrats still insisted on spending an extra $17 billion.
Democrats just cannot help themselves- they must spend and spend and spend.
You have to love this statement-
"It's a lot more than the president ever expected he'd have to agree to," Reid, D-Nev., told reporters.
Huh? Yes, the bill does include a threat to reduce aid to Iraq if they fail to meet certain guidelines. However, the bill also states that the President can completely ignore these guidelines and still continue to aid the Iraqis.
I am not sure what Reid believes he won in this debate with the President.
I would like to ask what Harry Reid and the Democrats succeeded in doing. Apparently, Senator Feingold wants that question answered also.
Russ Feingold: This situation is a collapse for Democrats.
The Democrats betrayed American troops in Iraq and succeed in delaying much needed money for those troops. Money was taken from other areas in the military to provide basic equipment, such as bullets, to American troops in Iraq.