Associated Press: The vote reflected the reluctance by each party to deny money to troops in the field. At the same time, anti-war Democrats had found their position weakened by the decline in violence in Iraq.
Yes, Congress… you have shown the truth to the lie that “you can support the troops without supporting the mission.” When it came down to it, you HAVE to support the mission in order to support the troops.
Thank you, US Congress, for recognizing that our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan are doing important work that demands to be supported.
House OKs War Spending, Bill Heads to President for Welcome Signature – AP/FOX News.com
Congress approved $70 billion Wednesday for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a bitter finish for majority Democrats who tried to force a change in President Bush’s war policy.
The House’s 272-142 vote also sent the president a $555 billion catchall spending bill that combines the war money with money for 14 Cabinet departments.
Bush and his Senate GOP allies forced the Iraq money upon anti-war Democrats as the price for permitting the year-end budget deal to pass and be signed. But other Democrats were eager to avoid being seen as not supporting troops who are in harm’s way — and avoid weeks of bashing by Bush for failing to provide that money.
God Bless the United States Armed Forces for liberating 60 million oppressed men, women and children since 2001.
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