"Pelosi schedules Iraq vote for ‘as early as Friday.’"
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today said that the House will vote as early as Friday on legislation that would spend $50 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but require that President Bush start bringing troops home.” AP reports:
The bill would set the requirement that troop withdrawals begin immediately and that soldiers and Marines spend as much time at home as they do in combat.
The measure also sets a goal that combat end by December 2008. After that, troops left behind should be restricted to a narrow sets of missions, namely counterterrorism, training Iraqi security forces and protecting U.S. assets. [...]
Pelosi said the bill also would require that the government rely on an Army field manual when conducting interrogations. The field manual makes no mention of waterboarding, a harsh technique that simulates drowning and is believed to have been used by the CIA.