Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said today that he wants to rescind $10 billion in U.S. funds that have been so far unspent on Iraqi reconstruction, citing Iraq's ballooning budget surplus. Dorgan wants to use the money for domestic renewable energy production instead.
Dorgan said he plans to introduce the Iraq Self-Sufficiency and American Energy Independence Act when Congress returns. The bill would transfer the unspent reconstruction funds to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Department of Energy.
“Today, Americans are paying sky-high prices for oil and gas, and at the same time the Bush administration is continuing to spend billions of dollars a year for Iraq reconstruction even though that country has huge budget surpluses. That is a bankrupt strategy,” said Dorgan.
Now let's see if the Democratic MAJORITY (they have a majority - remember?) has the sense to jump on the idea and trumpet it to the skies, and see if they can make Bush throw a public temper tantrum.
Ah - silly me. That would take a spine and some sense.