With Republicans in the House objecting to the $96.7 billion war supplemental to pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars due to its provisions funding the International Monetary Fund, antiwar progressives realized late last week that if they keep 51 Democrats who voted against an earlier version of the supplemental on board, they could defeat the House’s supplemental bill full-stop. Leaders of this effort include Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake, which hosts my personal blog, so I feel a little bit compromised from the start in writing about this. Instead check out Tom Edsall’s summary of the supplemental state-of-play in the Huffington Post. For more on progressives’ fight against the Obama administration’s Afghanistan troop increases, though, see this piece.
Jane’s latest whip count: if 38 Democrats buck White House pressure and stick with their “no” votes, the supplemental goes down.