The Veto Stands
Posted on May 2, 2007
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.