Lurking for Democrats behind domestic squabbles over jobs and health care is another potentially explosive debate: President Barack Obama’s troop buildup in Afghanistan.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is offering a resolution calling for a swift withdrawal from the war. His office confirmed the Ohio Democrat will introduce his resolution March 4 with the goal of setting up a three-hour debate and vote on March 10. The liberal lawmaker has been in talks with House Democratic leaders in recent weeks to schedule consideration of the resolution.
The measure has no chance of passing. But the vote will give the White House its first register of Congressional Democratic support for its plan to add 30,000 troops to the conflict ahead of a springtime debate on a supplemental spending request to fund it.