Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Senate votes to keep withdrawal provision in Iraq bill

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...

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

I think this alone is a remarkable achievement, whatever comes next. The political "battle" over this war is progressing at a faster clip than I thought it might, and it's my fervant wish that the Democrats can isolate Bush quickly and effectively. The American people are largely on their side.