Washington (WVLT) - Defying a promised veto, the House has passed legislation that would order troop withdrawals from Iraq to begin by October first.
The House passed an $124 billion Iraq funding bill on Wednesday by a vote of 218-208 that includes a plan for troops to start coming home.
"Our troops in Iraq are troubled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's statement that the 'War is Lost' appearing on the front page of Al Jazeera this week. His statement appears as the House and Senate prepare to vote on the Iraq Wartime Supplemental Conference Report presented by the Democrat leadership in Congress, which still includes fixed timelines for retreat and unnecessary extra spending that the military and the President did not request," said Tennessee Republican Congressman Zach Wamp, who voted against the resolution.
A similar vote could happen Thursday in the Senate.
Meanwhile General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq, continues to make the rounds in Washington, briefing Congress and reporters on the progress made in Iraq.
"The lines are drawn in the Congress as we heard today from Gen. Petraeus on the difference the reinforcements are making and how we must move these resources to the troops as soon as possible. The President should veto this bad bill. The Democrats should quit playing politics with our troops and propose a clean Wartime bill immediately to get this important work done," Congressman Wamp added.
All four of the East Tennessee Congressmen, David Davis (R-TN1), John Duncan (R-TN2), Zach Wamp (R-TN3) and Lincoln Davis (D-TN4) voted against the resolution.