Yesterday the House passed the U.S. Troops Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act
The bill stipulates, among other things, that the Bush Administration must meet current Department of Defense standards for troop readiness, the Iraqi government must meet key security, political and economic benchmarks, and provides funding for the Veterans Administration to reverse some of the cuts made by the executive branch in the past few years.
This bill also signifies the first piece of successful legislation to stand defiant against the president's war policy since the begining of the conflict. The vote was close, only 218 to 212, not enough to block a promised veto if the bill does ever get through the senate and reaches the president's desk.
Despite Bush's promise to veto the House Iraq bill, this is still a major victory. Don't listen to the naysayers that complain that this bill is not enough. This is Pelosi's second attempt to push through anti-Iraq war legislation, and you can bet it won't be her last.
Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough are saying things like, "Pelosi has been in power for eight weeks, and still she has not ended the Iraq war." This is true. And she hasn't found a cure for cancer or the common cold, either. On the other hand, she has done more in eight weeks than the Republicans have done in 5 years.