April 9, 2007
Up to 15,000 of the 145,000 U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq may end up spending the summer in the war-torn country if their tours of duty are extended.
The Pentagon is now considering this extension in order to maintain
higher troop levels past the summer. But the Bush administration needs the money for the extension, and Congress holds the key to that.
The Senate returns to work today and the House next week. The President renewed his promise Tuesday to veto any Iraq war funding bill with a deadline for a troop withdrawal tied to it.
Democrats don't have the votes to override a veto, and the President is
already accusing Congress of endangering the troops since cash is
running short for the mission.
The top commander in Iraq believes a 120-day extension may be necessary to keep the momentum going with fighting the violence.
That violence claimed four more U.S. troops today just northeast of
the capital city.
And in Baghdad, about 30 people died in bombings and fierce fighting.
Police say a female suicide bomber walked into a crowd of 200 police
recruits before detonating an explosives belt.
While the President wants more money to, as he says, complete the
mission, Democrats remind him last year the GOP-controlled Congress
didn't pass a war funding bill until June and the President did not