This is definitely the right tack to be taking. I'm going to see what happens before commenting much, other than to say that I didn't think he had it in him.
Kennedy plan would block funds for new troops
Democrats under pressure to find unified response to Bush ‘surge’ in Iraq
By Alex Johnson
A day before President Bush is to address the nation on Iraq, congressional Democrats moved Tuesday to pre-empt his plan to send thousands more troops to Baghdad by denying him the money to pay for it.
Congress voted to authorize the Iraq war in October 2002, but Kennedy, expanding on a theme anti-war Democrats have developed in the last few weeks, maintained Wednesday that the mission had changed so sharply that Bush must seek a new vote to authorize further military deployments.
The 2002 resolution “was primarily focused on the fact that Saddam [Hussein] presented an imminent threat to the United States militarily, and Saddam is no longer there,” Kennedy said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” “About the alliances between Saddam and al-Qaida, which the 9/11 commission dismissed, and about the weapons of mass destruction, which weren’t there. So all of the tenets of that authorization have effectually left.”
... Kennedy’s measure would use Congress’ budget authority to force Bush to seek congressional approval for new troops, blocking any new spending “until the Congress of the United States, the Senate of the United States, votes in favor of it,” he said.
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