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Democratic Senators on cutting off Bush's funds: Just say "Yea"

Bob Geiger: Time for Democrats to end the Iraq war

I've just started with my own personal "whip count" on votes that Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can bank on if they need to bring to the Senate floor their proposed legislation that would cut off money for continuing the disastrous Iraq war.

Some of my Progressive colleagues say that it's premature and bad strategy to be discussing this option before Bush even vetoes the supplemental bill. I would respectfully disagree and submit that the scenario that spawned the Feingold-Reid measure is far from hypothetical and almost a certainty.

There's no question that Bush will veto the supplemental funding bill because it contains the Iraq-withdrawal provision he despises so much. The fact that it also contains the money he needs for the troops doesn't matter to Bush. Likewise, there's no doubt in my mind that Reid will bring the bill that forces Bush out of Iraq in a year (by cutting off war funding) to the Senate for a vote shortly thereafter.

So where do we stand on support for Feingold-Reid? Well, let's just say that it's a good thing I didn’t expect too much, too soon.

Bob Geiger is a political writer, specializing in coverage of the United States Senate for AlterNet and other Progressive web sites. You can reach Bob at and read more from him at

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