Castor says Supplemental bill should have timeline for withdrawal of troops

04/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
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supplemental bill that narrowly passed both Houses last week that requires troop withdrawals from Iraq to be begin by October 1st.

 

The President has vowed to veto it, once it comes to his desk.

 

The question then becomes, what does the Democratic led Congress opt to do?

 

Polls show the American people support the Democrats- a survey taken last week by the Pew Center found that 59 percent of Americans want their members of Congress to support legislation calling for troop withdrawals.

 

Tampa area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor says its important to have timelines in this bill (roll tape#1 o.q.”Sunni Civil war”)

 

A local member of Congress with a different opinion than Castor is Polk County area Congressman Adam Putnam.  Appearing yesterday on CNN, Putnam told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that ‘we don’t  believe that you can wage a war with poll-tested numbers….He added,  "Everybody knows war is ugly. But the fact of the matter is that defeating al-Qaeda in Iraq and bringing stability to that country is important to the security of this country."

Meanwhile, Within 90 minutes of Bush’s expected veto, the group Americans Against Escalation says they will be holding news conferences in 24 states, and rallies are planned in hundreds of locations in the 36 hours after the expected veto -- all to keep pressure on Congress to defy Bush's demands for war funding without policy strings attached.

  

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