House Rebuked Bush’s Iraq Policy; Senate Failed to Reach a Vote

Instead of choosing to do actual legislating, both houses of Congress decided to spend Friday and Saturday debating nonbinding resolutions criticizing President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq. Even though Congress has no constitutional authority to tell the commander-in-chief what military actions to pursue, the House of Representatives on Friday successfully passed their rebuke of the military surge in Iraq. The Senate attempted to do the same during their unnecessary Saturday session, but the sixty votes necessary to end the debate and vote on the resolution were not there.

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