By a vote of 50-48, the Senate today rejected a Republican amendment that would have stripped language imposing a March 2008 deadline for the removal of all combat troops in Iraq from the supplemental funding bill currently under consideration. The whole bill should be passed by week's end.
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate deserve major kudos for holding their respective caucuses together so well. In fact, similar language in stand-alone legislation failed in the Senate by an identical margin just 2 weeks ago.
The battle now is going to be over what makes it out of conference, and then what to do if and when Bush vetoes it.
Whatever happens, the next few weeks should be pretty interesting...