Liberals in Congress threatened earlier this month to to combine all federal government spending for the year into one massive appropriations bill. To avoid a veto of the tens of billions of dollars in new deficit domestic spending they want, liberals were prepared to hold hostage troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Now, thankfully, Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) signals that he will not condone such tactics. Congress Daily reports: “The decorated war veteran said he hopes to avoid any ‘unnecessary disruptions’ in enacting the spending bill. President Bush has said he will not accept a bill that includes unrelated spending items, and OMB Director James Nussle reiterated last week that the White House would veto any supplemental containing non-war spending.”

Other liberals in Congress should follow Inouye’s responsible, brave and honest lead.