Congress regrouped Wednesday to vote in response to President Bush’s veto of the troop pullout bill on Tuesday, but the bill’s supporters failed to win the two-thirds of House votes needed to override the veto. Now Democrats, responsible for 220 of the 222 votes to override (203 members voted in opposition), have to take a different tack.
AP via MSNBC.com:
Democrats flashed defiance, yet signaled they were ready to make significant concessions such as jettisoning the troop withdrawal timetable in order to gain Bush’s signature on a replacement measure. There was early talk in both parties of setting goals for the government of Iraq to meet as it strives to develop a self-defending, democratic society.
“Make no mistake, Democrats are committed to ending this war,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “We hope to do so in unison with the president of the United States,” she said on a day of carefully scripted political drama at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.