MP3 Audio of full interview with Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) below.
Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold will take over the gavel of the Senate Judiciary committee tomorrow for a special hearing on congressional funding for the Iraq war.
As chairman of the judiciary sub-committee on the Constitution, the senator from Middleton asked to chair the hearing. He wants it on the record that Congress, under the constitution, does have the power to cut funding for a war.
He says Congress has given past administrations similar deadlines for Cambodia, Vietnam, Somalia and Bosnia. Get the troops out by a certain date or no more money. Feingold says when it's been done in the past it's been done without harming the troops.
The Bush administration says such talk is the height of irresponsibility and plays into the enemy's hands. But Feingold says this is where Congress needs to stand up to the White House claiming it's the administration that's been irresponsible in how the US got into the war and what it's doing there now.
Senator Feingold will introduce legislation that would force the President to safely redeploy US troops out of Iraq within six months of the legislation taking effect.
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