February 16, 2007
After three full days of emotional debate, lawmakers in the house, are poised to cast their votes on a resolution that sends a strong message to President Bush. The non-binding legislation expresses house lawmakers' support for the troops but opposes the surge that's already underway in Iraq.
"Hope is not a strategy. The escalation of troop levels makes no strategic sense" said Representative Diana Degette, D-Colorado.
"A renewed and amplified effort by U.S. forces and Iraqi troops to regain security in Baghdad may offer the best hope we have for the lasting success of the U.S. mission" said Representative Mike Ferguson, R-New Jersey.
Right now, it looks like the resolution will pass in the House. Vote counters expect dozens of Republicans to cross party lines to vote in favor of the resolution.
The bill's fate isn't as clear in the Senate where party leaders plan
to hold a test vote tomorrow on their version of this resolution.
White House officials say they're not trying to stop this resolution, but, they warn there will be a fight if congress tries to cut funds for the troops in an effort to stop the war.
Funding for U.S. forces will be the next big Congressional battle over
the war. Next month, lawmakers will debate a request from the White
House for almost 100 billion dollars for troops now fighting in Iraq