Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Ahhhhh..... aren't they already there?

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The House of Representatives has passed a bill barring the U.S. military from establishing permanent bases in Iraq.

The 2007 Defense Authorization Act, approved by the House Wednesday, includes language sponsored by Democratic war critic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, banning the United States from negotiating for permanent bases with the government of Iraq. Language to that effect was included in both versions of the Senate and House emergency war supplemental but was stripped out during conference earlier this month.

On Tuesday, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced an amendment deleting the permanent basing language. It was defeated by a vote of 50-376.

John Isaacs, the president of the liberal Council for a Livable World, said Wednesday the vote shows the Republican-dominated House -- while rejecting a firm withdrawal date from Iraq -- is also against an open-ended occupation.

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