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February 18, 2007

Washington/Political News

Senate Rejects Another Effort to Debate Iraq Troop Surge

On Saturday, the Senate rejected a second attempt to debate a resolution opposing President Bush's troop surge in Iraq. The outcome was four votes shy of the 60 they needed to be able to debate. However, seven Republicans and one independent split from their party and joined the Democrats in calling for a debate, among them Senators John Warner of Virginia and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

Republicans called Saturday's vote political theater and said that divisions among Democrats over military spending will make it difficult for them to support legislation stopping the war. On the other hand, Democrats say that the vote reflects public unease about U.S. involvement in Iraq.

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Posted by glovisa at February 18, 2007 10:54 AM


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