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Senate GOP Leader Skeptical Iraq Resolution Will Pass January 29, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–The Senate’s top Republican doubts that a resolution opposing a troop buildup in Iraq will pass, saying most lawmakers in his party believe “this is the last chance for the Iraqis to step up.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he believes Republicans might be willing to coalesce around an alternative resolution setting benchmark goals for the Iraqi government. But congressional support will probably splinter given the many competing proposals on Iraq, he said.

“I’m not certain any” will get the necessary votes, McConnell said.

The Democratic-controlled Senate will consider a nonbinding resolution declaring that Bush’s proposal to send 21,500 more troops to Baghdad and Anbar province is “not in the national interest.”

Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the measure on a near party-line vote of 12-9.

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said senators’ widespread opposition to a troop buildup will become evident when they begin debating the measure this week.

McConnell said Republican leaders would not seek to block a vote on Democratic Sen. Joe Biden’s nonbinding resolution with a filibuster. But he called a proposed resolution that focuses on benchmarks “the best way to go.”

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