From the Pueblo Chieftan, Dems want to use budget bill to withdraw troops:
Just weeks after passing a resolution opposing President Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq, House Democratic leaders unveiled a plan Thursday calling for all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq in 18 months at the latest.
Nice they can see into the future and know there's no reason for troops after that point. But Pelosi's got a problem with her own caucus:
Whether there are sufficient votes to pass it was uncertain because some moderate Democrats, such as Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., did not endorse the measure.
Others will vote because the troops need money, but resent the leadership hijacking the process:
Rep. Mark Udall, the 2nd District Democrat who is an acknowledged candidate for the Senate next year, said he would support the supplemental budget bill because it was essential to maintain U.S. troops in Iraq. He objected to having a timetable for withdrawal, though.
"I think it would be wiser if that were not part of the final bill that we will consider on the floor of the House," he said in a statement.
Pelosi and the Democrat leadership are trying to buy off wavering democrats with unrelated pork tacked onto the bill that won't go through their new "pay-go" rules:
Pelosi and House Democratic leaders have added other money to the initial $93 billion request, including some $4 billion in disaster-assistance funds - some of which Salazar and Musgrave hope will be shared with Colorado ranchers and farmers hurt by recent blizzards.
About 10% of the bill is unrelated to it's purpose of funding the war. The Democrats promised to clean up Washington, and a lot of voters, tired of the Republicans paying lip service to limited government, took them up on the offer.
But unlike the Republicans, who took several years to abandon their princples after winning back the House in 1994, the Democrats never even paid lip service to their promised "new tone" or the "ending of the culture of corruption". Instead, they have shut out the republicans, and used pork spending and intimidation tactics to arm-twist their own caucus to support their plans.