Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Iraq war supplemental

Just so you know, the bill is H.R.1591: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 as passed by the House. The relevant portions are in Chapter 9, Sections 1901-1903, General Provisions of Title I (search for "Sec. 1901.")

I'll be talking about the bill later today.

1 comment:

  1. Section 1901 is what's known as "The Murtha Amendment." It's actually a pretty effective way of tying the President's hands and isn't open to "you don't support the troops" canards.

    I can't see the President actually abiding by it. Sections 1902 and 1903 are deviations from classic deployment doctrine. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to convincingly argue that we are not in the same kind of deployment situation as we were in any other conflict. In all other wars, even if the units were deployed for years, they could be rotated back from the front lines for weeks of recuperation. You can't do that when there are no lines at all. Sections 1902 and 1903 address that.

    Section 1904 is actually sneakily important. It seems to indicate that as a part of the appropriation, the President would have to abide by the reporting standards delineated by the War Powers Act. Now THAT would be interesting...


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