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More at Source: Time for Congress to Pick a Plan to End Iraq Occupation
DEMOCRATS ARE PEELING OFF some Republican warmongers in an effort to end the occupation of Iraq through amendments to the bulky must-pass defense appropriations measure. Whether they succeed is in doubt.
A similar measure passed Congress last year in a bill Bush vetoed. Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Robert Byrd (DW. Va.) would revoke Congress’s 2002 war authorization and force Bush to come back to Congress to justify further combat operations. By “de-authorizing” the war, the amendment would allow continuation of only those missions explicitly authorized by Congress.
More at Source: US Republicans face all-night Iraq vigil
Anti-war Democrats vowed Monday to force Republicans to stage an all-night Senate vigil to defend President George W. Bush on Iraq.
Democratic majority leader Harry Reid turned up the heat on Republicans after they blocked a simple majority vote on a bill that would force Bush to get most combat troops out of Iraq by early next year.
"Blocking an up-or-down vote ... shows Republicans are more interested in protecting the president than our troops," Reid said.
"We believe that urgency and passion will be shown by an all-night session," said another top Democratic senator Chuck Schumer.
The Democrat's key anti-war bill requires a withdrawal of combat troops to start from Iraq within 120 days, to be completed by April 30 next year.
Hadley said wavering Republicans should wait for a mid-September report by General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, before expecting plans for a change of mission for 160,000 US troops in Iraq.
But Warner, an armed services expert, signaled that patience in Congress with Bush was wearing thin.