Other Democrats distance themselves from Pelosi on additional troop funding
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.''