Friday, June 09, 2006
No Permanent Bases in Iraq Amend: Passed Both Houses BUT then Removed in Committee
This seemed like such great news (via PWW): Peace orgs hailed a Senate amendment by Sen Biden (D-DE.) that cuts off funds for construction of permanent US military bases in Iraq while affirming that the US does not seek "control over the oil infrastructure or oil resources of Iraq." The amendment was approved as part of a $65 billion supplemental spending bill to pay for the Iraq occupation. In March, the House approved also a measure introduced by Rep Lee (D-CA) that bars funds for permanent US bases in Iraq." Yeah! Until ya hear this (via DowningStOrg): When the House and the Senate pass similar but not identical bills, they create a conference committee to work out the differences. When they both passed amendments to the "emergency supplemental" spending bill stipulating that none of the money could be used to build permanent bases in Iraq, the conference committee, behind closed doors this wk, resolved that non-difference by deleting it." Aaaw, poor lil Halliburton will miss out on make even more bloodmoney if those bases aren't built! No wonder Bush has already chosen to ignore 750+ laws and is now pushing for line item veto powers... he knows he can get away w/anything. Oh well, so many already say that the permanent bases are there... today... now, will deleting the amendment really even matter?