January 29, 2008

ON THE OTHER HAND...:

Congressional Democrats scale back ambitions: After a year in the majority, and with a busy election year ahead, their goals on Iraq, healthcare, taxes and more are modest. (Noam N. Levey, 1/29/08, Los Angeles Times)

Echoing the limited agenda President Bush outlined in his State of the Union address, congressional Democrats are eyeing their second year in the majority with much-diminished expectations.

Gone are the grandiose promises of legislation to bring the troops home from Iraq, which dominated the Democratic agenda last year and nearly ground business on Capitol Hill to a halt.

Today, senior Democrats are talking of simply requiring the president to seek congressional approval for any agreement with the Iraqi government to maintain U.S. forces in the country past next year.

There is little talk of rewriting the tax code or dramatically expanding access to health insurance, and no discussion of reviving the effort to overhaul immigration laws.


It would actually make sense to mention their failure to apologize, at least to the folks who voted for them and assumed they'd do anything different than the Republican majority had.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2008 7:46 AM
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requiring the president to seek congressional approval for any agreement with the Iraqi government to maintain U.S. forces in the country past next year.

And infringe on the President's sole power in setting foreign policy? Senate has the power to ractify or reject treaties negotiated by the president. The House can't even do that. They tried to tie the president's hands with the war power act, but as long as Bush is not fighting another war requiring their approval, there ain't nothing they could do to him. "requiring... approval"? Don't make me laugh. They may rubber stamp whatever he has decided though.

Posted by: ic at January 29, 2008 4:05 PM
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