US Senate to debate Iraq withdrawal

The US Senate has voted to consider a plan for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, marking the Senate's first formal debate on the war since Democrats took control of the US Congress in January.

US Senate to debate Iraq withdrawal

The US Senate has voted toconsider a plan for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, marking the Senate's firstformal debate on the war since Democrats took control of the US Congress inJanuary.

Republican senators had blockedtwo previous proposals by Democrats to debate the war, but senators voted 89-9to discuss the proposal.

Despite the vote, most Republicans opposed the Democraticbill and said they would still try to prevent its passage.

John McCain, an Republican senator from Arizona and a 2008 presidential contender,called the Democrats' plan "a retreat, not a strategy".

Courage to stand up

Joseph Biden, a Democratic senator, said Republicans weretrying to protect George Bush, the US president, and his"god-awful policy".

"It's about time we had courage to stand up and say tothe president, mister president, you have not only put us in harm's way, youhave harmed us," Biden said.

The Democrats' proposal sets a goal of pulling out allcombat troops by March, 2008, with the USbeginning to withdraw its troops from Iraq within four months of theproposal's passage.

But the bill is expected to ultimately fall short of the 60votes it will need to pass.

A similar plan has also been proposed by Democrats in theHouse of Representatives who want to attach it to a spending bill.

Regardless of the result, the debate over the bill wouldgive Democrats a chance to paint the Republicans as opposing a timetable onwithdrawal at a time when most American voters oppose the war.

"This is the message the American people delivered toCongress on November 7, 2006, and this is the message we must send to PresidentBush," said Harry Reid, the senate majority leader, referring to theelection day when Democrats won majorities in both chambers.

Source: Agencies

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