Democrats prepare to spar with White House

Sept. 4, 2007 at 7:08 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. Congress and Democratic Party leaders say Democrats are preparing to fight White House policies on Iraq, terrorism, and domestic issues.

Democrats returning from the August recess are faced with a low congressional approval rating that has been widely attributed to conservative opposition and liberals who are disappointed in the Democratic majority's failure to make progress toward ending the war in Iraq, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

House and Senate leaders say Democrats are preparing to pose opposition to the Bush administration on the issues of Gen. David Petraeus's upcoming report on the troop surge in Iraq and expanding health insurance for low-income children. The majority party is also preparing for a possible battle over President George Bush's nominee to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

"Voters want the Congress to be very aggressive in confronting the Bush administration, and that is what the Democrats intend on doing," said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a leader in the Democratic Party and close associate of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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