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2110Other Democrats distance themselves from Pelosi on additional troop funding

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  • Greg Cannon
    Jan 7, 2007

      Other Democrats distance themselves from Pelosi on
      additional troop funding
      AP - 1/7/2007 2:24 PM

      WASHINGTON (AP) _ Some of the other leading Democrats
      in Congress aren't ready to echo House Speaker Nancy
      Pelosi's suggestion that lawmakers might hold up
      funding for additional troops in Iraq.

      On CBS's ''Face the Nation'' today, Pelosi said
      Democrats won't cut off money for those troops already
      in Iraq -- but that President Bush would have to
      ''justify any additional resources.'' The comment
      comes as Bush puts the finishing touches on a plan
      that could put thousands of additional U.S. troops in
      Iraq in an effort to stem the sectarian violence.

      But Pelosi's second-in-command in the House Democratic
      leadership, Steny Hoyer, told Fox News he doesn't
      ''want to anticipate'' that possibility. And the
      Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations
      Committee, Joe Biden, says Congress doesn't have the
      power to second-guess Bush's military strategy --
      because lawmakers had voted to authorize him to wage
      war. Biden appeared on NBC's ''Meet the Press.''

      The Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, agreed,
      telling Fox News that Congress can't ''micro-manage''
      the tactics in Iraq.

      When asked about Pelosi's remarks, a White House
      spokesman said Bush welcomes any ideas on Iraq that
      ''lead to success.''