The Iraq 'war' funding bill will pass and get signed. How so, when the Democrats said they wanted a timetable to get out (a big reason they were elected, mind you), the President says no way to a timeable, no more pork, either.
In fact, Democrats initially offered to strip all of the additional money beyond Bush's $103 billion request in exchange for a timetable to end the war in Iraq. But the White House said no; the timetable was dropped and most of the money stayed.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (news, bio, voting record), D-Wis., a top negotiator, said any unhappiness among Republicans over the additional money pales when compared to disappointment from Democrats forced to drop the Iraq timetable.
"I'm sure they are (unhappy)," Obey said, "but not nearly as unhappy as we are that the administration won't encounter reality on this stupid war."
The $120 billion measure would fund the war through September as Bush requested and would not demand troops leave Iraq by a certain date. Nor does it restrict the deployment of units based on readiness standards. However, the bill does threaten to withhold reconstruction assistance if Baghdad fails to make progress on political and security reforms, although the president could waive that restriction.
Ahhhh. Principles. End the war, or fund me some programs.