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Democrats Divided Over How to Deal With Iraq

February 28, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

After a series of repeated defeats in the Senate, Democrats are slowing down to reevaluate their plans for dealing with Iraq legislation. So far, three Iraq resolutions have been pushed forward by the Senate Democratic leadership, including one by Joe Biden (pictured at right), but all three failed to find enough support to even make it to debate on the Senate floor.

On the other hand, the House of Representatives was successful in passing a non-binding resolution expressing their disapproval of President Bush’s plan to increase the U.S. troop level by 21,500. Now, Democratic leaders in the House are looking to take the support they found for the non-binding resolution and use it to pass legislation that would actually place funding restrictions on the President’s plan.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives saw a lot of buzz generated in the past week over their latest plans to deal with the war. But in both cases, the enthusiasm over the plans failed to prompt cohesive forward movement among Congressional Democrats, and now the Senate plan is on hold. The debate over how to proceed is causing the Democratic majority to weaken on the Iraq issue and splinter in distinct directions.

John Bresnahan, at The Crypt Blog on the Politico, has a really interesting and comprehensive look at all the tensions that are growing among Democrats in the House and Senate. Be sure to check it out.

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