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04/26/07--The podium waits for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and a news conference with Iraq veterans after the Senate voted 51-46 to clear a war spending measure that seeks to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of March 2008, intensifying the tussle between congressional Democrats and President Bush over the direction of the Iraq war. The $124.2 billion conference report (HR 1591, H Rept 110-107), which would fund the war and assorted other priorities, such as hurricane recovery, agriculture disaster relief and a childrenÕs health insurance program, was adopted Wednesday by the House. Bush opposes the bill a for variety of reasons Ñ mostly for the timetable for Iraq troop withdrawal, but also because billions of dollars in spending was added beyond his initial request. He has repeatedly vowed to veto the measure. Democrats and Republicans are eager to send the bill to Bush for his veto, which would be the second of his presidency, so they can quickly try to override it. Only after that fails Ñ as is likely Ñ will lawmakers focus on crafting a bill Bush might sign. Congressional Quarterly by Photo Scott J. Ferrell

04/26/07--The podium waits for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and a news conference with Iraq veterans after the Senate voted 51-46 to clear a war spending measure that seeks to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of March 2008, intensifying the tussle between congressional Democrats and President Bush over the direction of the Iraq war. The $124.2 billion conference report (HR 1591, H Rept 110-107), which would fund the war and...
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