Dems Stick With Deadline For Withdrawal

Spending bill dares President to veto
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2007 6:37 AM CDT
A U.S. soldier stands guard at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 23, 2007. A suicide car bomber struck a police station in Baqouba,...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Congressional Democrats are forcing the White House's hand on Iraq, agreeing on a version of the spending bill that sets a timetable for withdrawing troops by next March—and daring the President to veto it. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the move a "long overdue effort to put some spine in our policy."

The House and Senate will vote on the final version of the bill this week. The President repeated his assertion that timetables give succor to the enemy, but Democrats aren't budging. Quipped Reid: "The White House transcript says the President made those remarks in the state of Michigan. I believe he made them in the state of denial."