September 19, 2007

Senate Democrats will try for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq

Senate Democrats will try to pass a measure setting deadlines for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq after failing to reach a compromise with Republicans. Senate Democrats need 60 votes to avoid a Republican filibuster and get any plan to a vote. It would take 67 votes to override a presidential veto. Democratic leaders had hoped to negotiate new language -- something short of a deadline for troop withdrawal -- that would attract enough Republican support to get to 60 votes. But those talks have not succeeded. Democratic leaders find themselves in the same bind they've been in since taking the majority nine months ago -- how to craft a compromise with Republicans on Iraq without losing staunchly anti-war members of their own caucus.

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