Iraq War funding bill: Not available Thurdsay for Friday vote

By Rafael DeGennaro, November 9, 2007 – 11:40am.

The Hill newspaper reported November 9 that Democratic House members yesterday hadn’t seen a copy of the Iraq funding bill they might have to vote on as soon as today, Friday. This is crazy:

The measure also caught many Democrats off guard. In the early afternoon, most legislators interviewed said they hadn’t seen the legislation, even some who were actively trying to obtain a copy.

Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), the co-sponsor of the last significant Iraq legislation in the House, said mid-afternoon Thursday that he didn’t even know he would be voting on an Iraq bill the next day.

“Between Peru free trade, AMT, SCHIP and everything else, I don’t know what we’re doing next,” Tanner said in reference to legislation on the alternative minimum tax and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.