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The War Funding Bill passes the Senate…..Feingold loses on Afghan Deadline……

The Bill passes….

The Senate goes home…

Feingold strikes out on trying to get a firm date for a US Troop …..Afghan withdrawal…..

The Senate approved a $58.8 billion wartime spending bill Thursday night even as House Democrats ordered still more cuts from their jobs and economic relief package in a desperate triage operation to save core provisions before Memorial Day.

President Barack Obama is promised broad discretion — and funding — to pursue his expanded military commitments to Afghanistan and its neighbor Pakistan under the war appropriations, approved 67-28. But as many as 26 Republican senators—more than half the party’s conference—opposed the measure, reflecting deficit concerns. And the path ahead will get rockier given the fallout in the House from the fight over jobs and domestic spending.

The latest round of cuts would eliminate $31 billion to pay for health-related benefits for the unemployed and federal aid to cash-strapped states to maintain Medicaid services. A third $21.9 billion Medicare provision, protecting physicians from deep cuts in their reimbursements over the next 19 months, will be made subject to a separate up-or-down vote.

Left intact is $56.9 billion in tax-cut extensions and revenue offsets that pays for itself — as well as new infrastructure investments and summer jobs programs. This minimizes the deficit impact to about $40 billion in emergency funding to cover jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed through Nov. 30.

“I feel comfortable that we will have something that will reach our goals,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi in anticipation of floor votes Friday before the House recesses for the holiday. But with senators already heading out the door, there’s no longer any real chance of enactment this week. And even when the Senate returns June 7, the whole effort will have lost the momentum Democrats once hoped to harness this week.

“We’re going to do our best but it’s just going to take time,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D—Mont.) told POLITICO.

The Feingold story…..

Just two Democrats, Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Ron Wyden of Oregon, opposed the wartime appropriations, and a Feingold amendment, requiring Obama to spell out more fully his long-term expectations for a U.S. troop withdrawal, was earlier defeated 80-18.

House Democrats are expected to impose more conditions on Afghan and Pakistani aid when they deal with the same bill next month. But in light of the jobs debate now, the bigger issue may be how much domestic spending will be added in the process.

“Its chaos,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, who abruptly postponed his own markup of the war bill, scheduled for Thursday evening. The Wisconsin Democrat denied he was buying time to better judge the fallout from the jobs fight. But Obey is already proposing to add about $30 billion in domestic spending on top of the Senate totals and could become a target for governors seeking lost Medicaid funds.


May 28, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , ,


  1. The War In Afghanistan has been lost

    Nothing good is going to come of our continued presence there

    Sad that people are still dying for


    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. It will go on for a while…..

    Bet on it!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. Yes and thats what makes it so sad

    Like Vietnam

    We will look back in twenty years or so

    And realize these soldiers died for nothing

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Old men make wars…Young ones fight them…..

      Been true since they started writing things down…

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. USA TODAy has done a nice bit


    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 29, 2010 | Reply

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