After doing everything but follow the overwhelming anti-war mandate given by voters in the 2006 congressional elections, the Democratic-controlled Congress accepted a war bill late Thursday that will keep U.S. troops in Iraq until at least Jan. 20.

The Guardian:

The Democratic-controlled US Congress late yesterday [Thursday] agreed to keep the military in Iraq until George Bush leaves office while also giving $62bn in new education benefits to veterans of the war.

The massive war bill faced little opposition after Bush reached a deal with Democrats, exchanging unrestricted war money for the veterans’ education as well as 13 extra weeks of employment benefits for Americans hit by a faltering economy.

“At a time when 2m men and women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and when our troops have had to endure multiple deployments … and an unclear strategy, giving them the opportunity to fuel our future economy is the least we can do,” Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid said yesterday.

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