Thursday, February 15, 2007
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that the Senate will vote on whether to consider the House resolution on Iraq which disapproves of President Bush's surge plan. This is a change from earlier, when debate on Iraq looked dead after the Republicans blocked the Senate resolution from going forward. The House resolution, which will pass Friday probably with a few dozen Republican votes, contains simpler text expressing support for troops in Iraq but disapproval of sending 21,500 more troops. The Democratic leadership's thinking here is that this will make it harder for anti-surge Republicans in the Senate to justify blockage. If not, it'll be the second time Republicans have blocked debate on the most important issue of the day in a matter of weeks.