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March 9, 2007

House Reports: Iraq

Shift in Focus: Funding

House Showdown
The days of symbolic non-binding resolutions behind them, leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning dug in their heels and set the stage for an aggressive debate over the future of the war in Iraq.

From Threats to Conditions

Boehner Says No to Supplemental Spending With Conditions
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting today that he would oppose the proposed fiscal 2007 supplemental spending bill if it includes provisions to restrict or place conditions on the funding.

House Leaders Back Off Iraq Funding Threats
House Democrats have backed away from proposals to use Congress’ appropriations power to block President Bush’s Iraq strategy and instead will require him to certify the troops are sufficiently ready and rested.

Working Toward Iraq Deal, or Stuck?
Democrats remain divided on how to challenge President Bush on Iraq, as liberals clamor for an effort to end the conflict while moderates insist on a more measured approach.

Iraq Bill Vexes Democrats
House Democratic leaders offered a full-throated defense last night of their plans to link Iraq war spending with rigorous standards for resting, training and equipping combat troops, saying that they would hold President Bush accountable for failing to meet those readiness tests.

Setting a Timeline

Democrats Alter Plan To Restrict Iraq War
Senior House Democrats, seeking to placate members of their party from Republican-leaning districts, are pushing a plan that would place restrictions on President Bush's ability to wage the war in Iraq but would allow him to waive them if he publicly justifies his position.

Iraq Waivers Spark Dissent in House
House Democrats are close to finalizing a $100 billion-plus emergency supplemental spending bill that will disappoint Iraq War critics by failing to impose airtight conditions on future troop deployments.

Democrats to Propose Troop Withdrawal from Iraq by Fall of 2008
House speaker Nancy Pelosi's office has announced plans for a morning news conference to unveil a new Democratic plan that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by fall of 2008.

Democrats Coalesce Behind Iraq Deadline
House lawmakers today began absorbing a plan announced by Democratic leaders to set an ultimate deadline of August 2008 for removing troops from combat in Iraq and would require the president to certify by July that Iraqis are meeting key political benchmarks.

House Liberals Plan Amendment for Iraq Troop Withdrawal on Spending Bill
House liberals are preparing an amendment to the fiscal 2007 emergency war supplemental that would provide for a fully funded withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, according to Democratic aides familiar with the discussions.

Democrats to Force Iraq Deadline
House Democrats are writing a fiscal 2007 war spending bill that would require President Bush to bring most U.S. troops home from Iraq before his presidency ends, internal Appropriations Committee documents indicate.

Balancing Domestic Priorities

Shopping For War Supplemental Votes
As the Democratic Leadership approaches a conclusion on how to address the issue of Iraq in the war supplemental funding bill, rumors, about unrelated funding that might be included in it, abound. The rumored additional funds may secure more votes for the bill, but they may also cause the President to veto it, citing its exorbitant cost. It could end up costing over $110 billion.

Dems Want Domestic Agenda In War Bill
Democrats eye programs that could boost spending bill by 10 percent or more.

Liberal Democrats Revolt on Iraq Spending Bill
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing a full-blown revolt from liberal House Democrats over the $98 billion Iraq supplemental bill, according to Democratic insiders. Anywhere between 50 to 75 Democrats are now threatening to vote against the bill because it doesn't go far enough toward ending the war, including setting a date certain for withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq, said the sources.

Democrats Weigh Timetable Vote as Iraq Compromise
House Democratic leaders are considering a vote on a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq before taking up $98 billion in new military spending.

Blue Dog Democrats Divided On Approach to War in Iraq
The Blue Dogs are a tight-knit bunch. The band of 43 moderate House Democrats sponsors legislation together, socializes together. But when it comes to the war in Iraq, they tend to go their own ways.

Iraq Pullout Could Begin July 1
Under a new House Democratic plan, all American troops could be out of Iraq by the end of 2007. White House officials immediately threatened a veto.

Expected Outcomes

Thursday, March 8, 2007, 7:28 AM PST
WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional Democrats have decided to push a specific timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

As Iraq Exit Plan Arrives, Democrats' Rift Remains
Even in her conservative Kansas district, calls and letters to freshman House Democrat Nancy Boyda show a constituency overwhelmingly ready for U.S. troops to come home from Iraq.

Bush Threatens to Veto Democrats' Iraq Plan
Bush administration officials escalated the fight over a new spending package for the Iraq war yesterday, saying for the first time that the president will veto a House Democratic plan because it includes a timetable to start bringing troops home within a year and would undermine military efforts.

Pentagon to Seek More Funds in War Supplemental
The Bush administration is expected to send to Congress by week’s end a roughly $2.5 billion amendment to the Defense Department’s part of the recent fiscal 2007 war and hurricane supplemental request, a knowledgeable House aide said today.

Looking for Answers

Hoyer: Military Force Won't Bring Peace to Iraq
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said today he does not believe peace in Iraq can be brought about through the use of military force and Democrats are “in the process of determining the least dangerous, the least negative alternative.”

Fighting corruption in Iraq – an uphill battle
A few months ago, the watchdog group Transparency International published its yearly Corruption Perceptions Index. Out of 163 countries surveyed in 2006, only two, Myanmar and Haiti, were found to be more corrupt than Iraq.

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