WASHINGTON (AP) -- A few Democratic lawmakers are raising their hands in protest as Congress prepares to give the president the go-ahead to "use all means" to end the threat from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
"My constituents are shocked at seeing the direction America is going," said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, who is leading House opposition to the resolution on use of force that President Bush is asking Congress to endorse.
The administration, said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., "is asking for the moon without giving us serious information and then calling those who don't support them do-nothings."
Many Democrats have voiced reservations about the draft proposal Bush sent them last Thursday, uneasy about unilateral action if the United Nations doesn't require Iraq to disarm and wary about a provision to extend the president's authority to cover regional peace and security.
Most Democrats, including party leaders, express confidence they can work with the administration to produce a resolution on Iraq that will command wide support. The goal is to reach a compromise on language by the end of this week and complete votes in the House and Senate next week.
The second-ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said she hopes the two parties can work together to put together a resolution almost everyone could accept. She said she didn't expect there would be a single Democratic substitute.
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