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02/08/07--House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., during a news conference after House Democrats met to discuss a House resolution on President BushÕs buildup of 21,500 combat troops in Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House will consider a non-binding resolution to give members an up-or-down vote on the issue. Some Democrats had wanted to use CongressÕ power of the purse to set conditions on the buildup or bar funding for it, but Pelosi, D-Calif., said after a meeting of the Democratic Caucus that any moves against funding for Iraq operations will have to wait until after the Presidents Day recess, when the House considers BushÕs request for a fiscal 2007 supplemental spending measure. ÒRight now weÕre just going to say ÔnoÕ to the [troop buildup],Ó she said. Democratic leaders said the resolution Ñ expected to be ready on Monday Ñwould bypass the normal committee process with no amendments allowed. Republicans will be allowed to introduce a substitute measure. ÒI think we are going to be very unified on this,Ó Pelosi said. ÒThis is an up-or-down vote on the policy announced by the president. It will have two parts: We continue to support our troops that have been committed; we do not agree with the policy of escalation as outlined by the president,Ó added Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who chairs the Democratic Caucus. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

02/08/07--House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., during a news conference after House Democrats met to discuss a House resolution on President BushÕs buildup of 21,500 combat troops in Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House will consider a non-binding resolution to give members an up-or-down vote on the issue. Some Democrats had wanted to use CongressÕ power of the purse to set conditions on the buildup or bar funding for it, but Pelosi,...
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