House Democrats plan Iraq withdrawal

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    Associated Press
    Wednesday, November 8, 2006

    Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

    Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

    Some priorities set by Democrats in Congress:

    Military: Force an immediate drawdown of troops in Iraq and conduct oversight hearings on missteps on the war.

    Intelligence: Increase attention given to emerging terrorist threats in Africa and Southeast Asia and devote more resources to North Korea and Iran. More oversight of terrorism and government surveillance.

    Homeland security: Boost security for rail and mass transit systems. Tougher oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, potential restructuring of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Judiciary: Conduct oversight hearings on treatment of terrorism detainees, domestic surveillance programs and President Bush's use of "signing statements" affecting some requirements in the laws he signs.

    Minimum wage: Pass legislation to raise the minimum wage from the current $5.15 an hour to $7.25.

    Veterans affairs: Increase oversight with detailed budget accountings. More funding for veterans' health care, including additional mental health counseling for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Health: Allow the Medicare program to negotiate directly with drug companies for lower prices. Pass a vetoed embryonic stem cell research bill again. Require insurance companies to provide benefits for treating mental illnesses equal to other medical and surgical benefits.

    Transportation: Consolidate air traffic control facilities. Allow more foreign control of airlines. Limit the number of Transportation Security Administration airport screeners to 45,000. :shocked: More oversight hearings on the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Taxes: Increase education-based tax breaks. Close the so-called $345 billion tax gap, the estimated amount that people and companies owe but avoid paying each year.

    Trade: Let a law expire that forbids Congress from amending trade agreements negotiated by the president. Create a chief enforcement officer in the office of the U.S. trade representative.

    Energy and environment: Increase incentives for biodiesel, ethanol and other alternative fuels as well as wind, solar, geothermal and other sources of alternative energy. Renegotiate oil and gas leases that waived royalty payments to the government. Impose a national cap on industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

    Resist Bush's efforts to open more public lands to oil exploration.

    Agriculture: Increase conservation programs and require more corn-based ethanol in motor fuel blends.http://www.abqtrib.com/news/2006/nov/08/democrats-plan-iraq-withdrawal/
     
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    They can plan all they want, but the President is given sole control over the military. It doesn't matter if every senator and congressman votes to remove the troops from Iraq. The President gets the last word.
     
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    100 bucks they pass a law or get a lib judge to say the president's power is unconstitional
     
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    Actually, the House can reign in the President on this issue. They can simply refuse to fund his efforts.

    The President gets to decide what to do with the army, but the Congress decides whether to let him do it.

    Don't worry, the Democrats won't call for an immediate withdrawal. I think they're too smart for that.
     
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    They can vote to with hold funding...
    I heard ole woffie blitzer ask Pelosi in an interview today, if they would close the purse on Iraq....(his exact words)..She hemmed and hawwwed around answering it...
     
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    i don't see the house or senate voting to cut off funds for troops in the field...unless of course they vote for it before they vote against it
     
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    Dude, that's like 3 years old. Get some new material. I'm sure you can find something.
     
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    Now that the Dems will actually be somewhat accountable for things they say, their posture on the war will change. Its easy to criticize when you're not the one making the decisions.
     
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    it is timeless dude...it will never die....all yall can't let go of the wmd thing....so stick it.
     
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    Why?
    It's still a "good" one.....:laugh:
     

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