Monday, May 21, 2007

Dems go with common sense on war funding

On Friday, I laid out what sort of war-funding bill Congress had to assemble.

Now it looks like they're doing exactly that.

In grudging concessions to President Bush, Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs, officials said Monday.

The legislation would include the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade, a top priority for the Democrats who took control of Congress in January, the officials added.

While details remain subject to change, the measure is designed to close the books by Friday on a bruising veto fight between Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress over the war. It would provide funds for military operations in Iraq through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Good. Get it done, and start preparing for the next round, in September.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad they've come to their senses on setting a date to get out.

I don't know what a minimum wage hike has to do with funding the war in Iraq. Actually, nothing. And more than 20 states have minimum wages above the federal level already. And in those that don't, MOST businesses ALREADY pay their employees MORE than minimum wage anyway. The ONLY people it hurts is the very small businesses AND the young people trying to get started. I believe Pres. Bush already indicted some time back that he would sign a minimum wage increase-----so I'm not so sure how the Dems actually WON anything here. I would imagine their far-left base is NOT going to be happy.


5/21/2007 7:49 PM  

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