The California Democrat, newly installed in her leadership role after Democrats won control of congress, said George Bush would not have a "blank cheque" to pursue new policies in
"If the president wants to add to this mission, he is going to have to justify it," she said. "And this is new for him because up until now the Republican congress has given him a blank cheque with no oversight, no standards, no conditions."
Bush, who is reshuffling his
Pelosi and Harry Reid, the Democrat senate majority leader from
On Sunday, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, the Iraq national security adviser, said that the Iraqi government would accept higher
Joseph Biden, the
But Biden also conceded that congress can do little to prevent Bush from acting as he sees fit.
"It's a sense of the senate to try to convince the president that there are significant numbers in the United States senate who think this proposal is a mistake and hopefully force him to reconsider," he said.
"This is a prescription for another tragedy. There is now a civil war. You need a political solution."