Theodore's World: War funding bill gets the OK

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May 25, 2007

War funding bill gets the OK

Minority Leader John Boehner, of Ohio, choked back sobs as he invoked the al Qaeda terrorist network's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

"After 3,000 of our fellow citizens died, when are we going to stand up and take them on?" he said. "When are we going to defeat them? Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, if we don't do it now, and if we don't have the courage to defeat this enemy, we will long, long regret it."

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Congress sent a $120 billion war spending bill to the White House late Thursday, abandoning a call for most U.S. troops to leave Iraq after an earlier veto by President Bush.

The bill replaces the earlier goal of withdrawing U.S. combat troops by March 2008 with a series of political benchmarks for Iraqi leaders to meet in order to receive continued American support.

But the move sharply split the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, where 140 members -- including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- voted against the plan.

In the Senate, leading Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama were among the 14 members who opposed the measure.

The bill also includes the first increase in the federal minimum wage since 1997, bringing it up $2.10 an hour to $7.25. And it provides about $20 billion in domestic spending, ranging from money for veterans' health care and hurricane reconstruction to drought relief for farmers and money for state-run children's health insurance programs.

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina harshly criticized the legislation.

"Washington failed America today when Congress surrendered to the president's demand for another blank check that prolongs the war in Iraq," Edwards said in a statement.
"Congress should immediately use its funding power to cap troop levels in Iraq at 100,000, stop the ongoing surge and force an immediate drawdown of 40,000 to 50,000 troops, followed by a complete withdrawal in about a year."

Posted by Wild Thing at May 25, 2007 12:44 AM


Harry Truman would drop some thermal heat on Damascus and Tehran, and do away with the BS 'PC' rules of NON-ENGAGEMENT. - It's all about one's bodily fluids!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at May 25, 2007 04:07 AM

Yes, and I can just see HST "counseling" the likes of Kerry, Kennedy,Pelosi, Edwards, Murtha...

Now THAT would be a show to see!

Thanking WT once again for her support and her website.

Posted by: Rick at May 25, 2007 09:05 AM

7.25 dollars an hour, just in time for all those soon to be new LEGALs, does this mean all migrant farm workers will get the new minimum wage ?

I bet not. But you can bet all union dues will go up the price one pays to work in this country.

Have we lost our way or What ?

Posted by: Mark at May 25, 2007 11:20 AM

So, John Edwards the ambulance chaser is now a military expert. He knows what exact plans and troop strengths are needed in this war. What a turd eating dork he is. Maybe if his head was shaved his power to orate would be lost, like Sampson.

Posted by: TomR at May 25, 2007 12:15 PM

What a moving address, John Boehner is so right. Take them on now or order your very own Koran because the enemy isn't going away, not when the defeatocrats stand before the cameras and tell the enemy they've won, not when the state politicians give the Muzzies their own rules in the major cities, not when our president is trying his hardest to forfeit our sovereignty. This sure as hell isn't the country I was born in, some of my fellow Americans have even defended these gutless wonders that are now in power. I have nothing but utter disgust and contempt for them.

Posted by: Jack at May 25, 2007 01:50 PM

Darth, I think he would too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 26, 2007 01:02 AM

OH wow Rick I agree that would be a show to see.
Good to see you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 26, 2007 01:02 AM

Mark it sure seems we have lost our way. I wish I could see ahead and know that there will be a huge turn making things better.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 26, 2007 01:04 AM

Tom, hahahaha he is such an idiot. I know he had to be smart I guess to make the money he has but at what cost. He has no honor, no integrity and like you said about his giving military adivce what a joke he is. grrrrrr

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 26, 2007 01:06 AM

Jack me either I barely recognize this Nation the way it is now compared to when I was growing up.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 26, 2007 01:09 AM