/*PenDragn: Can You Imagine If Democrats Had Stopped a Defense Bill?*/

9.25.2006

Can You Imagine If Democrats Had Stopped a Defense Bill?

Republicans would have been screaming bloody murder about how they were supposedly putting our troops at risk if Democrats had tried to use this instance to promote some of their agenda.

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) -- in a showdown with Senate Republicans -- has vowed he will not bring a major defense policy bill to the chamber floor this week unless Senate negotiators add a federal court security bill and a controversial House anti-illegal-immigration measure, senior House leadership aides say.

The last-minute confrontation is pitting the House's most powerful member against Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.), who has said he will not add extraneous measures to the annual defense authorization bill unless they can garner unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans alike. House leadership aides are emphasizing the court measure, which would bolster the protection of judges in the aftermath of the shooting of a judge in Atlanta and the killing of a judge's family in Chicago.