House Passes Controversial War Funding Bill

April 24, 2007

Just one day after the House voted for final passage of the controversial war spending bill, the Senate is poised to pass it as well.

"You cannot conduct a war if you do not have the support of the American people, and the American people clearly want change," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida.

"I believe this unconstitutionally micromanages the war from the floor of the United States Senate," said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada.

But the $124 billion measure won't become law. When the bill arrives at President Bush's desk next week, he's promised to veto it because it includes a timetable for troop withdrawal.

It doesn't look like Democrats can override the veto, so the debate will begin again. Lawmakers know the clock is ticking. They have to pass this funding bill before the military has to start cutting back on programs.

The top U.S. commander on the ground, General David Petraeus, is in Washington to plead the Pentagon's case.

"The situation in Iraq is, in sum, exceedingly complex and very tough. Success will take continued commitment, perseverance and sacrifice," said Petraeus.

Leading lawmakers from both parties are already drafting new plans including one from Democratic Congressman John Murtha. His proposal funds the war through September. Before that bill expires, Democrats would again try to pass legislation calling for an end to combat.

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