The House of Representatives capitulated to the will of King George W. Bush and gave him the funding he needs to occupy Iraq indefinitly. With the appropriation of these funds, it is unlikely that the Democratic leadership will be able to slow the Iraq occupation and bring our troops home any time soon.
The vote was 280 – 142. The trick the leadership used was an increase in the minimum wage that Bush previously has opposed.
The legislation, totaling $500 billion, is now off to the Senate for consideration. It should be interesting to see how the Senators running for President vote on this bill.
Update: The Senate Just approved the spending bill. the vote was 80 – 14. Senator Feinstein, in her usual Libermanesque style, voted with Bush and the Republicans and Republidems on this one.
In the House, Loretta Sanchez was the only one from the OC delegation to vote against the occupation funding. Thanks Loretta, we appreciate your wisdom and support for the troops.