The vote on the Fiscal 2007 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report will be difficult for those who would like to see an early end to the war. A number of Representatives voted for the bill the first time with substantial misgivings. Now the House language on Iraq has been weakened to accommodate the very narrow majority in the Senate.
Lieutenant General Robert Gard (USA, Ret.), Senior Military Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Brigadier General John Johns (USA, Ret.), Board Member at Council for a Livable World, appeared at a press conference today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to speak out against the Iraq War.
Council for a Livable World today accused President Bush of â€œscare mongeringâ€� when he claimed that Democrats are hurting the troops by placing restrictions on the Presidentâ€™s Iraq policy.
Council for a Livable World today applauded the Senate for passing an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that sets a goal of March 2008 for withdrawing most American soldiers from Iraq. The Supplemental was approved 51-47 with Sens. Hagel (NE) and Smith (OR) the only Republicans voting in favor.
Council for a Livable World today applauded the Senate for defeating a Sen. Cochran (R-MS) amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations bill that would have removed language mandating a March 2008 â€œgoalâ€� for withdrawing most American soldiers from Iraq. The Cochran amendment was defeated 48-50.