|Mr. Obey gives voice to what Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls the 'serious unrest' in her caucus over Mr. Obama's troop buildup plan for Afghanistan. And as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which controls how tax money is spent, he is in a position to constrain the president through the power of the purse.
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