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US Democrats Plan Symbolic Votes Vs Bush’s Iraq Troop Plan January 10, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–U.S. Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President George W. Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war, The New York Times reported in its Wednesday editions.

Senate Democrats decided to schedule a vote on the resolution after a closed-door meeting on a day when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-MA., introduced legislation to require Bush to gain Congressional approval before sending more troops to Iraq.

The Senate vote is expected as early as next week, after an initial round of committee hearings on the plan Bush will lay out for the nation Wednesday night in a televised address.

In both chambers, Democrats made clear that the resolutions – which would do nothing in practical terms to block Bush’s intention to increase the U.S. military presence in Iraq – would be the minimum steps they would pursue. They did not rule out eventually considering more muscular responses, like seeking to cap the number of troops being deployed to Iraq or limiting financing for the war – steps that could provoke a Constitutional and political showdown over the president’s power to wage war, the Times reports.

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