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President Bush Signs Bipartisan Troop Funding Bill

May 25, 2007 01:46 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The troop withdrawal timetable sought by many Democrats falls by the wayside; Republicans fail to block the $8 billion earmarked for domestic spending initiatives.

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On May 25,  President Bush signed a bill providing an additional $120 billion for the Iraq war effort.

Forged over nearly three months of bitter confrontation between congressional Democrats and the White House, the legislation passed by an overwhelming 80-14 majority in the Senate.

Although the bill has garnered bipartisan support, there remain a number of skeptical politicians from both sides of the aisle who are still unhappy with the legislation.

Democratic presidential hopefuls Obama, Clinton, and Dodd were among the 14 senatorial nay votes. They argued that the bill needed a withdrawal timetable to help redirect American strategy in Iraq.

Republican leaders also found fault with the legislation, decrying the addition of $8 billion in domestic spending measures added to it during congressional debate. The measures include provisions for government aid to farmers, hurricane victims, and health care for low-income children.

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Support for the Administration's Policy in Iraq

Legislation and Congressional Debate

Sen. Russ Feingold (D–Wis.)

Sen. Russ Feingold was one of the 14 voters who opposed the Iraq war funding resolution. On the floor, Sen. Feingold told the Senate that they were “ignoring the will of the American people,” and went on to say that “if the American people cannot count on the leaders they elected to listen to them and to act on their demands, then something is seriously wrong with our political institutions or with the people who currently occupy those institutions.”

Background

Chattam House Iraq Report

A May 2007 report from London-based think-tank Chattam House depicts the Iraq conflict as not simply a civil war, “but many civil wars and insurgencies involving a number of communities and organizations struggling for power.” According to Middle East expert Gareth Stansfield, the Iraqi government is largely powerless to change the situation, and Iraq’s neighbors benefit from the continuing turmoil.

The Iraq War Resolution

Iraq Study Group Legislation

Eight senators at present support a bill, due to go before congress in June, calling on the U.S. government to adopt the findings of the Iraq Study Group report.

Opinion on the Iraq Study Group

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