House Passes Troop Pullout Deadline in Iraq Funding Bill

The House of Representatives today passed the Iraq funding bill containing a provision calling for troop pullouts from Iraq by August, 2008.

Bush says he will veto the bill.

Bush said House Democrats had engaged in "an act of political theater" and "voted to substitute their judgment for that of our military commanders on the ground in Iraq."

As to the vote:

216 Democrats were joined by two Republicans in supporting the bill, while 198 Republicans and 14 Democrats opposed it. Voting with the Democratic majority were Republicans Walter B. Jones of North Carolina and Wayne T. Gilchrest of Maryland.


The Democrats who voted no were:

John Barrow (Ga.), Dan Boren (Okla.), Lincoln Davis (Tenn.), Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio), Barbara Lee (Calif.), John Lewis (Ga.), Gene Taylor (Miss.), Jim Marshall (Ga.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Michael R. McNulty (N.Y.), Michael H. Michaud (Maine), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Diane Watson (Calif.) and Lynn Woolsey (Calif.).

Big Tent Democrat has written a lot on this bill and will weigh in with his thoughts tomorrow.

Taylor Marsh says it's a big win for Democrats. On the right, Captain's Quarters says money for the troops will run out next month and if a new bill isn't passed by then (since Bush will veto this one) it will be the Dem's fault.

Oliver Willis says:

Bush will veto it, which puts it along stem cell research as the two policies this presidency will show some gumption on - keeping this unnecessary war going and stopping research that saves people's lives. The only way out is a Democratic president.

Silent Patriot at Crooks and Liars has video of Jack Murtha's speech and says:

Jack Murtha took to the floor today and delivered one of the most impassioned speeches I've seen in a long long time. He ran through the important provisions in the bill and warned Republicans that a vote against it is a vote against desperately needed care for the troops. He ended on a personal story about his grandmother that almost brought him to tears.

David Sirota weighs in here. Greg Sargent at Election Central says:

Moral of the story: Though turning this bill into law still remains an uphill battle at best, today's events reveal that progressive Dems in Congress managed to hew to their principles and play the politics of the system shrewdly. "These Members of Congress played hardball from the beginning," David Sirota wrote, referring to the liberal House Dems. "And because of their efforts, progressive Democrats have not only brought the war closer to an end, but they have become one of the most powerful blocs in the U.S. Congress."

Update: Markos at Daily Kos gives props and notes how Nancy Pelosi led the applause for the three who voted no.

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    Dems are stokin' up the engine of the.... (none / 0) (#1)
    by A Citizen on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 06:39:59 PM EST
    Impeachment Train.

    It's leavin' the station so....

    Climb on board.

    And, yeah I'm serious. When Bush goes on the 'offensive' to whine that the Dems want to stop the war....

    And that he must therefore veto this bill which also provides more money to take care of our wounded soldiers...

    What do you think the majority of citizens are gonna do.

    Call for his head.

    On a platter.

    And the Republicans will have to help the Democrats provide exactly that.

    Unless they want their heads lopped off.

    Yeah, George 'politics has consequences...'

    Backbone (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 07:11:12 PM EST
    Thursday, March 22, 2007
    Heroic Speech at a Politically Lonely Moment Earns Congressman John Lewis A Backbone Award
    "Tonight I must make it plain and clear that as a human being, as a citizen of the world, as a citizen of America, as a Member of Congress, as an individual committed to a world at peace with itself, I will not and I cannot in good conscience vote for another dollar or another dime to support this war."
    --Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), March 19, 2007 House floor

    Anyone (none / 0) (#5)
    by Wile ECoyote on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 07:00:00 AM EST
    who mentions they are a "citizen of the world" line gives me the post modern, leftist, Chavez, Mugabe type creeps.

    That's too bad (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 09:52:40 PM EST
    It says more about you than it does about them.

    my post at the orange (none / 0) (#3)
    by shpilk on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 07:56:44 PM EST
    I'm ecstatic [not really]
    I guess it's as if I went to a restaurant very hungry.

    The service was the best service I ever had in a restaurant, attentive staff, the table of the highest quality, lighting and background music exactly as I would dream of it.

    I was told that there were the following choices:

        * a cardboard picture of food, so one could look at it
        * a "promise" of food, redeemable at a later date  
        * actual food put on a table, but under glass, with no opening to get at it

    Very nice, polite and comfortable.

    But I'm still hungry.


    Meanwhile, the meat grinder goes on.

    Turkey prepares to interdict the Kurds, Iran raises the ante with British naval forces.

    This is a total mess, and this bill accomplishes as close to nothing as one could seemingly hope for. Over at the orange place, most are celebrating.

    I'm not.

    WSWS: Democrats pass bill that funds the war (none / 0) (#4)
    by Andreas on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 05:41:05 AM EST
    After weeks of public posturing and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, Democrats in the House of Representatives secured passage Friday of an emergency spending bill that grants the Bush administration's request for over $100 billion in additional funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In what amounts to a colossal political fraud, they presented their "Troop Readiness, Veterans Health and Iraq Accountability Act" as a measure to force an end to the war in Iraq by September 1, 2008.

    It does nothing of the kind. Even if a similar Democratic measure were to be passed in the Senate--and it will not--and the final bill were to survive a presidential veto--a political impossibility--the resulting law would do nothing to halt the current military escalation in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and would allow upwards of 75,000 US troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely.

    The bill is a labored attempt by the Democratic leadership to pose as opponents of the Iraq war, while in practice ensuring its continuation.

    Democrats pass "anti-war" bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
    By Barry Grey, 24 March 2007