Congress passed its Iraq war supplemental bill last week, but the White House still has not received it. The holdup, according to Congressional Quarterly (via National Review), is that Nancy Pelosi has not yet signed the bill. And the reason for the delay? Apparently, Pelosi has no idea what Congress passed:
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.
John Boehner wants everyone to know just how ridiculous this is:
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.
Once again, the Democrats want to play political games with the troops while twisting themselves into contortions to deny it. They planned all along to time the arrival of the bill with the anniversary of the so-called “Mission Accomplished” speech on the carrier USS Abraham LIncoln:
Democratic leaders in Congress are planning a special ceremony on Tuesday afternoon to send President Bush a bill that sets timetables for troop withdrawal from Iraq.
The timing is no accident. It comes on the fourth anniversary of the day Mr. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier under the banner “Mission Accomplished” and declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended.
The Democrats’ ceremony, featuring the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, is part of the elaborate political theater at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue surrounding the Iraq spending bill, which is destined to produce only the second veto of Mr. Bush’s presidency.
But with Mr. Bush planning to spend Tuesday in Florida talking with military commanders, the White House was being coy on Monday about what kind of theatrics of his own — if any — he might stage. Democrats, however, said they expected the veto to come Wednesday.
I guess Nancy Pelosi would rather be thought idiotic than cynically manipulative.