Finally, after all this wasted time:
WASHINGTON – Bowing to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled House reluctantly approved fresh billions for the Iraq war on Thursday, minus the troop withdrawal timeline that drew his earlier veto.
The 280-142 vote sent the bill to the Senate for final passage, expected later Thursday night.
Democrats and the White House have engaged in fierce debate since January, kicked off by Bush’s request for $100 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to pay for the 30,000 extra troops he is sending to the war zone.
Pelosi, of course, voted against it.
Related: Make sure to check out Spencer Ackerman’s piece on the opinions of a few of our fine gents serving in Iraq on whether or not they think we should cut and run.
Update: The Senate has followed suit and passed the war supp. sans timeline.