Tuesday, May 23, 2006

U.S. House: Enough Foreign Policy Bushit.

In a vote opposed by the White House and widely viewed as a restriction (GASP) on the White House's foreign policy powers, the House today voted overwhelmingly (361-37) to restrict funding to the Palestinian Authority while it is being controlled by the terrorist group Hamas. Via Reuters:

The vote came during Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's first trip to Washington, where a topic was expected to be how to ease the Palestinians' humanitarian crisis while isolating the Hamas Islamists controlling the Palestinian government.

The Bush administration contends this bill would tie its hands in that effort. The administration has cut off direct aid to the Hamas-led government, but the bill would put into law more sweeping bans.

Whaddyaknow. Congress actually passed something that checks the powers of the executive branch (don't hold your breath, the Senate still has to agree to it). Next thing you know, they'll pass a budget or some real reforms.


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