Speaker Pelosi on This Week with George Stephanopoulos
A transcript of the Speaker on Iraq:
Stephanopoulos: The bottom line, for the White House, for the Republican leaders, any kind of deadline that's in there, it's going to draw a veto. And the Republicans have the votes to sustain a veto. So what's next?
Speaker Pelosi: Well, the point is about accountability. The American people want accountability, and that is where the president refuses to listen. We've worked in a bipartisan way with the president on trade, on immigration, on our innovation agenda, on many issues. But when it comes to the war in Iraq, the president has a tin ear. He just cannot hear except that which he wants to hear on it.
Stephanopoulos: So you're intent on sending another bill with a timeline to the president's desk?
Speaker Pelosi: We're working on what we do now. One thing is for sure: By the time we leave here to honor our war veterans and those who have given their lives for our country on Memorial Day weekend, we will have legislation to fund the troops.
Stephanopoulos: It seems like there's bipartisan support, in the Senate at least, for what they call the Warner amendment -- Senator John Warner -- which would place benchmarks that the Iraqi government has to meet and tie that to reconstruction aid, economic aid for the Iraqis. They say that's accountability. Is that good enough for you?
Speaker Pelosi: No. The Warner resolution, with all the greatest respect for Senator Warner -- he's a great hero to our country -- this is too little too late. This would have been an appropriate measure maybe three or four years ago. But the accountability is very meager in the bill.
Stephanopoulos: You say this is going to get done by next weekend, by Memorial Day. I don't see how it happens if you stick with the timeline.
Speaker Pelosi: It's tough. There's no question. I believe we have an obligation to the American people to try to find common ground. But if the president says, No accountability; I want a blank check with a war without end, we'll have to oppose that.