Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Surrender Bill Awaits Nancy's signature

The Speaker Hasn't Had Time for the Surrender bill?

The much-anticipated presidential veto of the Iraq supplemental spending bill was to have taken place already, but a signature - or lack thereof - has been standing in the way.

And it's not President Bush's signature - it's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's.

The conference report on the bill (HR 1591 - H Rept 110-107) was adopted by the House and cleared by the Senate last week, but Pelosi, D-Calif., wanted time to personally read it and sign it before sending it to Pennsylvania Avenue.

"It's a major piece of legislation and you have to go through it word for word and line by line," Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said Monday. "She believes this is very important legislation, which she will sign and the president will receive Tuesday."

The White House had wanted to get the bill and send it back, complete with the president's veto message, before the weekend. But the House was out April 27, and Monday's session was canceled so members could attend the funeral of Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif. Pelosi delivered a eulogy at the service in Los Angeles.

The way Boehner's office is sending it around this morning:
NOTE for Leno, Letterman, Conan, and other interested parties: Now we've heard everything. The Speaker
recommended the conference report on the war funding bill last week, voted for it last week, and could have sent it to the President as early as last Thursday when the Senate passed it (the House was in session). But NOW she wants to read it?? Wow.

Now she wants to read it...