Senator Russ Feingold plans to use “power of the purse” to “end” the Iraq war

John Bresnahan has the details:

Feingold, who chairs the Subcommittee on the Constitution, will question several witnesses [next week at a hearing], including a Library of Congress official and legal experts from Harvard, Duke, and the University of Virginia, on the issue. Senior Bush administration officials have publicly argued that Congress’ has no such right, but Feingold plans to introduce legislation to force President Bush to American forces out of the troubled country.

“Congress holds the power of the purse and of the President continues to advance his failed Iraq policy, we have have the responsibility to use that power to safely redeploy our troops from Iraq,” Feingold said in a statement released by his office on Thursday. “I will soon be introducing legislation to use the power of the purse to end what is clearly one of the greatest mistakes in the history of the nation’s foreign policy.”

Finally. A Democrat who wants to put his money where his mouth is instead of pushing meaningless “symbolic votes” against the President’s surge plan.

Not even a month into their majority, the Congressional Dems are showing the world exactly what they’re made of.

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