http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN2037063920070323?src=032307_1450_TOPSTORY_bush_promises_vetoBy Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to impose a September 1, 2008, deadline for withdrawing all American combat troops from Iraq, prompting a quick veto promise from President George W. Bush.
In a mostly partisan 218-212 vote, House Democrats succeeded in attaching the deadline to legislation authorizing more than $124 billion in emergency funds, mostly for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.
The narrow margin of the vote was far short of what Democrats would need to override any presidential veto.
But the vote was a significant victory for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and her fellow Democrats who took control of Congress in last November's elections on a pledge to end the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq.
Bush, who as commander-in-chief does not want Democratic lawmakers meddling in his handling of the war, condemned the House vote.
"They set rigid restrictions that would require an army of lawyers to interpret. They set an arbitrary date for withdrawal with regard for conditions on the ground. And they tacked on billions in pet projects that have nothing to do with winning the war on terror," Bush said.
But most House Democrats, who are geared up to do battle with Bush in the final two years of his presidency, disagreed during a spirited debate on the House floor. Continued