”Congressman Jay Inslee is clear he wants to stop funding for the President's plan. He spoke on the House floor earlier this morning to say Congress needs to "stop George Bush's disastrous policy in Iraq."
"The President has refused to listen to the bipartisan panel calling for a chance in Iraq. He has refused to listen to the American people. But he cannot refuse to listen to a Congress that fulfills its obligation under the Constitution to exercise the power of the purse to stop this misguided escalation.
"The U.S. House should vote in clear and no uncertain terms to fund the troops that are there and to cut off funding for any escalation. It is our Constitutional obligation. It is a commonsense policy to insist on Iraqis standing up. That is the direction of change we need in this country."”
This is exactly what I want to hear from the new Democratic majority. But wait! What is this from the New York Times?
Democrats Plan Symbolic Votes Against Iraq Plan
By JEFF ZELENY and CARL HULSE
Published: January 10, 2007
"WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 — Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.”(Emphasis TLS)
Memo to Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi:
Chad (The Left) Shue