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The Veto Stands

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. 

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush, Democrats Sound Off on the Veto

The president says the Democrats are trying to substitute political opinions for military judgment (he should talk). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president wants a blank check for the war and he’s not going to get one (at least for now). On Wednesday they meet to debate the issue in person. Here’s a preview.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Shoots Down Troop Pullout Bill

Making good on his threat, President Bush vetoed the bill Tuesday that would have started U.S. troop withdrawal on Oct. 1 and stipulated that an additional $124 billion would be dedicated to the war effort.  Now it’s up to Congress to challenge his veto or come up with another plan instead.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Mission Impossible

Four years ago, President Bush delivered his now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln, declaring that military aggression was a successful and appropriate response to the alleged threats posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime.  Judging by the current situation, Bush might do well to pick a new slogan about the war in Iraq.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats’ ‘Sellout’ on Bush’s Mercenaries

The author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” argues that the Democrats’ withdrawal plan—even if it ever gets past a veto—isn’t anything to write home about.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Here Comes the Showdown

The Senate on Thursday followed the House’s lead, passing the bill that allows $124.2 billion to be dedicated to the war effort so long as our troops begin pulling out of Iraq by Oct. 1 and continue withdrawing over ensuing months.  The ball is thus in Bush’s court, and his veto is practically a foregone conclusion at this point.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


House Sets Withdrawal Date

The House has voted 218 to 208 to approve a withdrawal timetable for Iraq, with a pullout set to begin by Oct. 1. The Senate is expected to pass its version of the bill Thursday, sending the measure to President Bush for his inevitable veto.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Blames the Troops

Ignoring the fact that we have a system of civilian control over the military, which is why he, the elected president, is designated the commander in chief, Bush hides behind the fiction that the officers in the field are calling the shots when in fact he has put them in an unwinnable situation and refuses to even consider a timetable for getting them out.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Says He Will Block Pullout Bill

President Bush is determined to keep American troops in Iraq well past Oct. 1, the date Congress set to begin the U.S. pullout in an agreement reached Monday. Although the House and Senate agreed to pour $124 billion more into the war chest, Bush says he’ll veto the bill, while his critics suggest he’s trying to save face as he rides out his term.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Let the Showdown Begin

The president has threatened to veto a war spending bill that includes a timetable for the withdrawal of troops, but that didn’t stop the Senate on Thursday from passing one. The next step is for the House and Senate to work out the differences between their competing withdrawal plans, and then it’s off to the White House.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Back Down on Iran

House Democrats have agreed to drop a provision from an upcoming war spending bill that would have required congressional approval before the president could declare war on Iran. The legislation, if it survives a veto, would still demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

Its official.  In his first use of the veto, the president has refused to sign H.R. 810, or ғthe Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.  According to Bush, ԓHuman beings are not a raw material to be exploited or a commodity to be bought or sold. The bill, which passed the Senate just shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, would undo funding limits imposed by the administration in 2001.

  • The silver lining here might be the impact of this on the midterm elections.  Check out the roll call on Daily Kos.

  • Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Set to Veto Stem Cell Bill

    It would be the first time the president has used his override power; but that’s only because he has made unprecedented use of so-called signing statements to ignore the parts of new laws that he doesn’t feel like obeying.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


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