Dems send out trial balloon on Supplemental
They'll doubtless be on the edge of their seats watching for Kos's reaction
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Crossing the AP wires only moments ago was this little nugget:
In grudging concessions to President Bush , Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs, officials said Monday.
While details remain subject to change, the measure is designed to close the books by Friday on a bruising veto fight between Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress over the war. It would provide funds for military operations in Iraq through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Of course, "Democratic officials" - who "spoke on condition of anonymity" - "stressed the legislation was subject to change," and that "they were not authorized to discuss provisions before a planned presentation to members of the party's rank and file later in the day."
Is it just me, or does that "planned presentation to members of the party‘s rank and file" sound an awful lot like "leak this and hope that Kos doesn't blow us up for even hinting at the idea of funding the war without a surrender date built in"?
Again from the story:
Either way, Democratic leaders have said they hope to clear a war spending bill through both houses of Congress and send it to Bush's desk by week‘s end. They added the intention was to avoid a veto.
Trying to avoid a veto. How nice a goal.