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Senate Votes to Block Iraq Funding

Senate Votes to Block Iraq Funding. Strategic or Outrageous?

Yesterday the Senate led by Democratic Senator Harry Reid, voted to advance a bill withdrawing funding to the war in Iraq.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that "a civil war rages" in Iraq and it's cost shouldn't be the responsibility of U.S. taxpayers.

"Americans need to start taking care of Americans. We cannot spend a half billion dollars every day in Iraq."

Where were the Republicans in this debate? That's where it gets. . . politicky. Though Republicans were expected to block the bill as they've done in the past, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell decided his party was joining in and voting with the Democrats — but for a different reason. McConnell said passing the bill past this hurdle will allow discussion on the,

"extraordinary progress that's been made in Iraq over the last six months, not only on the military side, but also with civilian reconciliation beginning to finally take hold in the country."

Is this a wise maneuver or does playing politics with the war hit too close to home?


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