After an overnight debate over Iraq in the Senate, the Republican minority still refused to allow an up-or-down vote on the Levin-Reed amendment to the 2008 defense authorization bill that would establish a timeline for troop withdrawal from Iraq. The vote was 52-47 in favor of cutting off debate and moving to a vote, 8 votes short of the 60-vote threshold Senate Republicans are insisting on. The Democratic caucus was united behind the vote (except for independent Joe Lieberman and Tim Johnson who is still recovering from his stroke) and 4 Republicans joined them, including Maine Senator Susan Collins (though she supported a simple-majority vote, she said she would opposed the plan if it actually came to that).
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted against it, but only for procedural reasons allowing him to bring the measure up again. He also announced that until the Republicans quit their obstructionist tactics, he would not allow a vote on any other Iraq-related amendment nor will he allow a vote on the entire 2008 defense authorization bill. It's great to see "Give 'em Hell" Harry is living up to his name and not letting Republicans off the hook for this.