Saturday, February 17, 2007

56 Senators vote to reject the president's Iraq plan

34 voted to filibuster the bill. 10 others didn't vote.
The vote marked the second time this winter that Senate Republicans have blocked action on nonbinding measures critical of the president's war policies. This time, however, there were signs of restlessness within the GOP.

Seven Republicans broke with their leadership, compared with only two on the previous test vote.
The text of the bill being debated is identical to that recently passed in the House:
S. 574

To express the sense of Congress on Iraq.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


It is the sense of Congress that--

(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and

(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

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