Capitol Hill dominated the news this past week, as Congress continued to move towards sending a bill to President Bush’s desk calling for an end to the controversial Iraq War. For a thorough look at congressional action on this issue and several others debated and considered since Monday, we again turn to Robert McElroy’s TheWeekInCongress. Follow the headlines below to the Congresspedia articles covering the respective issues, which in turn link to and heavily rely on McElroy's analyses.
- The Senate passed a $122 billion supplemental appropriations bill which would require President Bush to begin removing U.S. combat troops from Iraq this year and recommend a complete withdrawal by March 31, 2008. This followed passage of a similar bill in the House last week which would require President Bush to remove U.S. combat troops from Iraq by September 1, 2008.
- The House passed two bills extending federal assistance to citizens and businesses affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftereffects.
- Both the House and Senate passed non-binding resolutions setting targets for revenue and spending for the fiscal year (FY) 2008 federal budget. Both budgets call for allowing at least some tax cuts passed (and heavily supported by President Bush) in 2001 to expire.
- The House passed two transportation bills. One requires the secretary of the Transportation Security Administration to establish a national strategy for rail and public transportation security, while the other modifies numerous transportation projects approved by Congress in 2005.