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03/15/07--House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey, D-Wis., during the markup of fiscal 2007 supplemental appropriations. The panel approved a roughly $124 billion draft supplemental spending bill, following a series of passionate debates on amendments addressing the Iraq War. The panel voted 36-28 to approve the measure, largely along party lines. Lawmakers also voted to keep open the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., which is now slated for closure. Republicans expressed strong opposition to provisions in the draft bill that would set in motion a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by August 2008 at the latest and would set waiveable requirements for unit readiness and lengths of deployments. Jerry Lewis of California, the panelÕs ranking member, offered an amendment that would strike these provisions from the bill, oppose cuts or restrictions in war funding and express support for U.S. military personnel. His measure was then amended by John P. Murtha, D-Pa., the Defense Subcommittee chairman, with a proposal that took out the striking language but kept the wording supporting troops. Lewis countered with a reiteration of his earlier proposal, which the committee rejected 27-37. It then adopted MurthaÕs amendment, 37-27, and approved the amended version of LewisÕs provision by voice vote. Then, to force the hand of Democrats calling for a quick exit of U.S. forces from Iraq, the Defense SubcommitteeÕs ranking member, C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., offered an amendment that mirrored a proposal by Barbara Lee, D-Calif., that would have only allowed federal money to be spent withdrawing those forces. The committee unanimously rejected it, 0-64, with even Lee voting against her hijacked provision. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

03/15/07--House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey, D-Wis., during the markup of fiscal 2007 supplemental appropriations. The panel approved a roughly $124 billion draft supplemental spending bill, following a series of passionate debates on amendments addressing the Iraq War. The panel voted 36-28 to approve the measure, largely along party lines. Lawmakers also voted to keep open the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., which is now slated for closure. Republicans...
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