“Same as it ever was.” While I’m disappointed, I am not surprised. The Dems have let down the country once again. ~ DS
By David Lightman
June 16, 2009
WASHINGTON — A divided House of Representatives Tuesday approved by 226 to 202 a $105.9 billion emergency spending bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help curb flu outbreaks.
However, many lawmakers in both parties were uneasy.
Many Democrats wanted President Barack Obama to provide a clearer strategy for Afghanistan. Republicans protested aid to the International Monetary Fund. Members of both parties were skittish about the lack of an explicit ban on releasing terrorist detainee photos.
Democratic leaders won, though, with some heavy lobbying from the White House, reminding colleagues about the inclusion of some sweeteners such as a “cash for clunkers” auto sales program, funds to help provide air service in rural areas and housing aid for victims of 2005’s hurricanes Katrina and Rita.