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Biden: Sateen Panel To Debate Anti-Iraq Buildup Resolution Wednesday January 19, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Military News, Politics, US News.

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will debate next week a resolution against President George W. Bush’s plan to add 21,500 troops to the U.S. presence in Iraq, the committee’s chairman, Joseph Biden, said in a televised interview Thursday.

In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews,” the Delaware Democrat said he didn’t want to debate the resolution before Bush delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday.

“I had a chance to do it before the State of the Union,” Biden said. “I thought that was inappropriate. We’re going to bring it up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a vote on Wednesday.”

Biden, noting he expects the resolution will pass in the committee, said it will then be reported to the floor of the full U.S. Senate.

“The word is that the Republican leader is not going to let us have a vote on it, (he) will filibuster it. I don’t know that to be true,” Biden said. Regardless, he expects “the debate will ensue by the end of next week.”

Whether a vote is held on the resolution by the full Senate or it is filibustered, Biden said, “it still has the same political impact.”

Biden said that even if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocks the vote, the resolution still sends a bipartisan message to Bush asking him to “please change course. Listen to your generals. Listen to former generals. Listen to the Iraq Study Group.”

Biden added that Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is suggesting the way to get a change in behavior is a political change, “and the way that occurs is making it clear to the Iraqis we’re going to be drawing down, not ramping up.”

In addition to Biden, the resolution’s co-authors include Levin and Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel.

The president’s plan, unveiled last week, calls for injecting 21,500 new troops into Iraq in an attempt to bring security to Baghdad and Anbar Province.

House leaders are still undecided on how to express their opposition to Bush’s Iraq plan, including a potential attempt to thwart funds for the war.

But Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pledged the support of House Democrats for a resolution declaring Bush’s plan is “not in the national interest of the United States.”


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