Here are the excerpts with linked articles:
As the House and Senate prepare to vote this week on the final conference report on the $124 billion troop funding bill — which would also mandate that U.S. combat troops begin withdrawing from Iraq on Oct. 1 at the latest — Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to come to the Hill tomorrow to brief lawmakers on the progress of the recent troop escalation.
ABC News has learned, however, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will not attend the briefing.
“She can’t make the briefing tomorrow,” a Democratic aide told ABC News Tuesday evening. “But she spoke with the general via phone today at some length.”
This isn’t the first time this happens. Petraeus held a video briefing on April 8th with similar results (only one Democrat attended). Kudos go to Levin (D-MI) for attending.
Of course, that won’t stop the Democrat leadership from invoking Gen. Petraeus (who they voted for/confirmed and now stand as roadblocks to the plan he presented) when it comes to the spending bill battle:
Democrats said they won’t back down and pointed to past remarks by Gen. David Petraeus, the new Iraq commander, that security in Iraq requires a political solution.
Bush said U.S. troops should not be caught in the middle of a showdown between the White House and Congress.
“The American people did not vote for failure,” he said. “That is precisely what the Democratic leadership’s bill would guarantee.
Petraeus will try to persuade lawmakers in a private briefing this week to pursue a difference course. As part of the president’s push, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was expected to meet Tuesday with key senators, including members of the Senate Finance Committee, to discuss the funding bill. The topic also likely will be discussed at a policy lunch that Vice President Dick Cheney is having on Capitol Hill. [emphasis added]