House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) said today that he will not report out a war supplemental spending bill this year unless the White House makes drastic changes in its Iraq strategy. Obey demanded three conditions: 1) the White House would have to establish a goal to end U.S. involvement in the country, 2) ensure that troops receive adequate downtime between deployments, and 3) begin a “broad scale diplomatic offensive” involving other countries in the region. Obey also said he will soon unveil a “surtax,” designed to raise $140 billion to $150 billion. “We need to stop pretending that this war doesn’t cost anything,” he said.
Obey plans fight over war funding.