“These are issues that relate directly to the well-being of the American people,” she said.
But the chamber’s Republicans accused Mrs. Pelosi of reneging on one of her most important promises: the pledge to “create the most open and honest government in history.”
Republicans accused the Democrats of rigging a vote last week to give federal benefits to illegal aliens and then covering up the episode by revising the Congressional Record.
One omission from the list of accomplishments is the promise to end the war in Iraq, but Democrats signaled plans to resume a more contentious debate over the Iraq war after the August recess.
Shortly after midnight yesterday, the House did approve a $459.6 billion version of the defense budget that would add money for equipment for the National Guard and Reserve, provide for 12,000 additional soldiers and Marines, and increase spending for defense health care and military housing. But it does not include Mr. Bush’s 2008 funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Democrats say they want to consider that money in separate legislation next month and will return to again press for a troop-withdrawal timetable and other antiwar measures.
c This article is based in part on wire service reports.