Congress OKs New Iraq Bill

Sans timetable, Bush expected to sign; Clinton and Obama say nay
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2007 5:30 AM CDT
Congress OKs New Iraq Bill
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(Newser) – Congress approved $95 billion to pay for the war in Iraq—without a timetable for troop withdrawal. The bill, which Bush says he'll sign, passed both houses last night, ending a long and bitter struggle between Democrats and a veto-ready White House over bringing the troops home. Aspiring presidents Clinton and Obama voted against the bill.

In exchange for the dropped timetable, the White House approved a $17 billion rider for unrelated domestic programs, and a hike in the minimum wage. Majority leader Harry Reid  warned that the war over the war wasn't over: "Senate Democrats will not stop our efforts to change the course of this war until we get a new president." (Read more Iraq appropriations stories.)

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