Feingold, Obama bills force Iraq withdrawal
One is showing the leadership he has always shown in the Senate and one is displaying the vision we must require of a presidential candidate, but both Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Barack Obama (D-IL) have introduced legislation this week to fight the Bush-McCain Doctrine of escalating the Iraq war.
More importantly, both do it with legislation bearing the force of law and that will go beyond the sentiments expressed in the Levin-Warner "sense of the Senate" resolution, that will certainly pass first.
Feingold, who has been fighting the Bush administration for years on both domestic spying and the Iraq war, proposed the Iraq Redeployment Act of 2007 to use CongressÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s federal-funding power to force George W. Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by prohibiting funds for continued operations six months after enactment.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“By passing my legislation, Congress can respond to the will of the American people and force the President to safely bring our forces out of Iraq,Ã¢â‚¬Â Feingold said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the President set on pursuing his failed policies in Iraq, Congress has the duty to stand up and use its power to stop him. If Congress doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop this war, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not because it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the power -- itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the will.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Feingold chaired hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to investigate the true power held by the Congress to head off any more disastrous moves in Iraq by the White House. The hearings featured a diverse panel of constitutional scholars who testified that Congress does indeed have the power to end a war. [VIDEO]
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