The House vote is a rebuke to President Bush’s talking point earlier Thursday that now is not the time to be talking about withdrawal timetables, according to The New York Times.
Although the legislation is sure to be shot down by President Bush if it survives in the Senate, the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday calling for the majority of U.S. troops in Iraq to be withdrawn by April 2008.
The New York Times:
But the House action, coming hours after the release of a White House report that the Iraqi government had shown satisfactory performance so far on 8 of the 18 benchmarks, was a further sign of deep dissatisfaction with the war. All House Democrats except for 10 voted for the bill this afternoon, and all Republicans except for four voted against it. The bill calls for all but a few support troops to be pulled out of Iraq by April 1, 2008.
At a White House news conference this morning, Mr. Bush sought to deflect the national discussion on Iraq away from the question of when and how to start withdrawing troops. “This is not the real debate,” he said. “The real debate over Iraq is between those who think the fight is lost, or not worth the cost, and those who believe the fight can be won.”