Two Republicans joined in that effort, which failed by a 255-171 vote. Still, the plan attracted more support than anticipated. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among those voting in favor. Fifty-nine Democrats, including Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the majority leader, opposed the proposal, along with 196 Republicans. “We finally got to vote for what we believed in,” said Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., a sponsor of the withdrawal plan. Report on progress The bill the House approved would provide $42.8 billion total, with about $30 billion of that directed to the war effort for the next two months. It requires the president to report by July13 on how the Iraqi government is performing in building its military and moving toward achieving political unity in the battered country. Congress would then vote a second time on whether to give the administration the remainder of the money – $52.8 billion – to maintain operations in Iraq through Sept. 30 or to restrict that money to deployment. “No more,” said Hoyer, who backed the plan. “No more blank checks.” Republicans derided the Democratic approach as war on the installment plan, and they and Bush said the two-stage funding was unworkable. Congressional leaders say the new proposal will never reach the president’s desk because the Senate, where negotiations with the administration are proceeding, is likely to take a different approach. Bush, who on Tuesday received a blunt assessment from Republican moderates about rising voter unrest over Iraq, acknowledged the public’s impatience with the war. But he said he cannot allow political considerations such as “the latest opinion poll, or how we can get our members elected” to drive his thinking. “My message to the members of Congress is, whatever your beliefs may be, let’s make sure our troops get funded, and let’s make sure politicians don’t tell our commanders how to conduct operations,” the president said. Though Republicans voted solidly with the president, many made clear the administration had until September – the deadline for a progress report from Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander in Iraq – to prove its war strategy was working. While it was Republican moderates who took their complaints directly to the president this week, others in the party expressed similar misgivings on Thursday. “There is a significant undercurrent that is looking for a reasonable way forward in Iraq,” said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., a conservative. Troubled by policy Several Republicans are considering bipartisan legislation aimed at changing the war’s course. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee have introduced separate proposals aimed at bringing a gradual end to the war. “We are troubled by the current policy,” Snowe said Thursday. “The White House needs to hear it.” While the White House has not opposed setting general goals for progress in Iraq, it has resisted any attempt to tie war funding or troop withdrawal plans to the benchmarks. On Thursday, Democrats welcomed the president’s new willingness to authorize negotiations on benchmarks but said any failure by Iraq to meet specified goals must result in penalties or they would be meaningless. “There is a recognition that things are not going well,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said about the president’s new position. “The only person who doesn’t believe there needs to be a change is the president.” The Senate hopes to consider its version of the war spending measure sometime next week. Lawmakers and senior administration officials say the most likely course is that the Senate would approve a new measure dropping the withdrawal date Bush objected to in vetoing the initial legislation, but retaining other restrictions, while providing the president the ability to waive them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As the House approved a plan on Thursday to finance the Iraq war only through midsummer, President George W. Bush offered his first public concession to try to resolve the impasse on war spending, acknowledging rising pressure from his own party and the public. After a briefing at the Pentagon, Bush said he had instructed Joshua Bolten, the White House chief of staff, to reach “common ground” with lawmakers of both parties over setting firm goals, or benchmarks, to measure progress in Iraq. Bush had previously insisted he wanted about $95billion for the military with no strings attached. “It makes sense to have benchmarks as a part of our discussion on how to go forward,” Bush said, even as he threatened to veto the House plan, approved on a 221-205 vote Thursday night, to require him to seek approval in two months for the balance of the war money. Before that vote Thursday, House Democrats demonstrated their opposition to continuing the war when 169 of them voted for a separate plan that would have required the withdrawal of U.S. troops to begin in 90 days, with most forces out within another six months.
Alexis Sanchez’s early strike for Chile was cancelled out by Lars Stindl when the teams met in Kazan ten days ago.Chile are looking for their third international trophy in three years after winning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles — beating Argentina in the final on penalties on both occasions.Having knocked Euro 2016 winners Portugal out of the Confed Cup in Wednesday’s semi-final, Vidal says beating Germany’s young guns will prove Chile are the best.“We have proven our value, we have beaten Argentina and Portugal, the European champions,” said Vidal.“If we win tomorrow, we will prove we are the best team in the world.“We have reached this final with our spirit and attitude — this is a waiting room for the World Cup — and if we win tomorrow, that will show where we are.“We still have to qualify for the World Cup, but we have a lot of energy and want to prove ourselves.”Chile showed their penalty shoot-out pedigree again in the Kazan semi, as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved all three Portugal spot-kicks after it finished goalless after extra-time.Despite Bravo’s heroics, Germany head coach Joachim Loew says he has no fear of a shoot-out — understandable given Germany’s record of having not lost on spot-kicks at a major tournament since 1976.While Chile played 120 minutes in their semi-final, Germany will be slightly fresher having beaten Mexico 4-1 in normal time on Thursday.Sanchez scored after just six minutes in the group-stage clash and Germany captain Julian Draxler says his team need to be more focused.“We need to be 100 percent for the full 90 minutes,” said Draxler.“We have grown over the tournament and need to really go into the one-on-ones, one of Chile’s strengths, but getting the trophy would be the best reward.”Germany were 2-0 up after just eight minutes of their semi-final against Mexico and Loew wants another bright start.“It will be very important to control the match early on,” said Loew.“Chile will try to build up as much pressure as possible, as they have done so far, so we need to see that we are able to liberate ourselves and create space.“They are very good at moving the ball fast, so I hope we have the agility and speed we showed against Mexico.”A German is set to finish as the tournament’s top scorer with Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner both on three goals, while Stindl has netted twice.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says Loew’s side – the youngest Confed Cup squad with an average age of just over 24 – have proven youth is no obstacle to success.“They have a set of players with a lot of experience, despite being very young,” said Pizzi, using Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, 22, and 25-year-old Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi as examples.“(Joshua) Kimmich is a central pillar at one of the best teams in the world.“Mustafi was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team and plays in the Premier League, it makes them a formidable opponent.“We are ready to face them on that level and will try to make sure our work-rate is higher than theirs.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chile’s Arturo Vidal delivers a press conference at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, on July 1, 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Midfielder Arturo Vidal says Chile can prove they are the world’s best team, and throw down a marker for next year’s World Cup, by beating Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.Copa America champions Chile take on World Cup holders Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already drawn 1-1 in the group stages.