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Next Steps

Mahablog: Now that the House and the Senate have passed emergency appropriations bills to fund the war in Iraq, the next step is for members of the H

Mahablog:

Now that the House and the Senate have passed emergency appropriations bills to fund the war in Iraq, the next step is for members of the House and Senate to come up with a compromise bill. It is hoped a compromise bill can be agreed upon and passed during the week of April 16. Then it goes to President Bush, who has sworn loudly and stridently that he will veto it.

Let's assume the compromise bill goes to Bush in April, and he vetoes it. There aren't enough Dems to override the veto. I've heard suggestions that Congress should then pass whatever bill Bush wants, which sends a signal that this is Bush's War. He and the Republicans own it, and whatever happens is entirely their doing. However, this also might send the signal that the Dems are caving in once again, mightn't it?

Others want to keep sending Bush bills with conditions, perhaps passing monthlong spending bills (Rep. Murtha's suggestion) in the meantime so Bush can't say Congress isn't funding the troops. Well, he'll say it anyway, but who's listening to the little creep at this point? Read on...

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