...by the skin of their teeth: 218-212. 14 Democratic defectors and 2 Republican defectors.
The bill provides $124 bil for Iraq & Afghanistan and contains a withdrawal timeline of Fall 2008 the latest. The Gavel has the details:
U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act. This bill will support our troops and veterans, hold the Bush Administration and Iraqi government accountable and bring our soldiers home by August 2008 or sooner.
- Expand funding for veterans’ health care and hospitals
- Iraqi government must meet Bush benchmarks for reform
- Strategic redeployment of U.S. combat troops by 2008
- Refocus military efforts on Afghanistan and fighting terrorism
President Bush will address the media at around 1:45 EST.
Glenn documents how the Drudge-led media theme of "Pelosi's House in Disarray" made it's way into the national media.