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Bush Allies In Senate Work To Halt Iraq Vote January 31, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News, White House.
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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–The Bush administration’s allies in the Senate began a major effort Tuesday to prevent a potentially embarrassing rejection of the president’s plan to push 20,000 more troops into Iraq, The New York Times reported in its Wednesday editions.

The Senate is expected to reach vote on the possible resolutions sometime next week.

The new effort by President George W. Bush’s allies, including Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, is aimed at blocking two nonbinding resolutions directly critical of the White House that appears to be gaining broad support among Democrats and some Republicans.

As an alternative, McCain and Graham, along with Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., are trying to enlist support for a resolution that would set benchmarks for the Iraqi government and describe the troop increase as a final chance for the U.S. to restore security in Baghdad, the Times reports.

The senators have been joined by Mitch McConnell, R-KY., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., and Sen. David Vitter, R-LA.

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