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March 19, 2007

Senate Votes: Iraq Resolutions

Senate to Vote on Iraq Resolutions
Senate leaders struck a deal for speedy votes today on three Iraq resolutions: One calling for redeployment and eventual withdrawal, another supporting troop funding and a third broadly backing the troops.

Senate Finally Debates Iraq, But Really, Not Much Has Changed
After three failed attempts, the Senate has finally voted to begin a debate on Iraq.


S.J.Res. 9: A joint resolution to revise United States policy on Iraq
This resolution called for beginning the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq within four months.

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider S. J. Res. 9
Passed 89-9, 2 not voting. Bipartisan support.
Senate Moves Toward Debate on Iraq
Senate Republicans joined with Democrats today to move toward a long-awaited debate on Iraq, the first in the new Democratic-controlled Senate.

Democrats' Resolution on Iraq Reaches Senate Floor
After weeks of delay, Democratic leaders yesterday managed to bring to the Senate floor for the first time a binding resolution that would bring U.S. troops home from Iraq. But Republicans remained confident that they could kill the proposal, and the White House threatened a veto
On the Joint Resolution
Failed 48-50, 2 not voting. 95% of Democrats supporting, 98% of Republicans opposing.
Senate GOP Turns Back Iraq Pullout Plan
The Senate today rejected a binding Democratic-sponsored resolution that would have set a target date a little more than a year from now for the withdrawal of most U.S. combat troops from Iraq. Senators then approved by large margins two nonbinding resolutions that express support for the troops.

Senate Iraq measure defeated
The vote on the Senate Democratic resolution setting the "goal" of getting most troops out of Iraq by March of 2008 was defeated, 48-50. Sixty votes were needed for passage under the agreement reached by the Senate leadership.

S. Res. 107: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that no action should be taken to undermine the safety of the Armed Forces of the United States or impact their ability to complete their assigned or future missions.

On the Resolution
Passed 96-2, 2 not voting. Bipartisan support.


S. Con. Res. 20: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that no funds should be cut off or reduced for American Troops in the field which would result in undermining their safety or their ability to complete their assigned mission.

On the Concurrent Resolution
Passed 82-16, 2 not voting. Bipartisan support.


Senate Defeats Iraq Withdrawal Resolution, Adopts Troop Support Measures
Senate Republicans defeated a Democratic resolution calling for redeployment and eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, language that could soon resurface during debate on the war supplemental funding bill.

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