On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic bill to fund the Iraq war that would have ordered troop withdrawals to begin within 30 days and set a goal of ending combat by the end of 2008.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "This bill requires the president to start bringing these troops home so that they can get the heroes welcome that they so bravely earned. Our goal sets a reasonable goal to end combat operations. And it finally ensures that the president will be accountable to Congress and the people."
- Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: "This is ridiculous. It's undercutting America's vital national security interests. And It's telling our soldiers 'you're losers' when they are winners. So, we are going to defeat it now and forever."
Blackwater Advisor Alvin Krongard Resigns
The brother of State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard has resigned from the advisory board of the private military company Blackwater. Alvin Krongard resigned from Blackwater on Friday just days after his bother, the State Department's top oversight official, was forced to admit his brother had ties to the company.