Congress, for the moment, is forced to put education before war
Obey has been central to the fight over education aid and, in an interview, drew a direct link between war funding and progress on domestic priorities.
He said he would withhold action on the war funds until there was some resolution on a major economic relief bill extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and popular tax breaks for individuals and businesses.[…]
“I want to wait until the extenders bill is resolved,” Obey told POLITICO of the separate war funding measure. “All I can do is sit and wait until reality strikes home, and then maybe we’ll get somewhere.”