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FY2007 Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Other Purposes

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On May 1 the Congress formally presented to the President a House-and-Senate passed version of H.P. 1591, a bill providing supplemental appropriations for FY2007 and setting target dates for withdrawing most U.S. military forces from Iraq. That evening, the President vetoed the bill. On May 2, by a vote of 222-203, with approval of 23 required, the House failed to override the veto. House and Senate leaders are now considering what steps to take next. House appropriators have discussed a possible 60 day extension of funds for military operations. Leading Republicans have discussed a possible compromise that would establish benchmarks for progress by the Iraqi government. It remains unclear if an agreement that did not restrict funding in some way would be acceptable to the Democratic majority. On Iraq policy, the now-vetoed conference agreement requires the Secretary of Defense to begin redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 1, 2007, with a goal of completing the redeployment within 180 days i.e., by the end of December, 2007, unless the President determines that Iraq has met specific security and political benchmarks. If the President determines that Iraq has met the benchmarks, the bill requires redeployment to begin by October 1, 2007, with a goal of completing the redeployment within 180 days from then i.e., by the end of March, 2008. After redeployment, the bill permits U.S. forces to be deployed in Iraq only to protect U.S. citizens and facilities for customary diplomatic purposes for targeted, limited-duration missions against global terrorist organizations and to train and equip Iraqi security forces. The agreement also prohibits obligation of half the economic aid to Iraq in the bill until the Iraqi government meets political benchmarks and commits 10 billion to reconstruction.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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