Withdrawal Language Survives!
by Matt Stoller, Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 01:37:04 PM EDT
Looks like the Cochran amendment was defeated and the withdrawal language stays in the bill, for now. That's a big deal.
My earlier cynicism notwithstanding, kudos to Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and the Senate leadership! I'm told that we lost Pryor, held Nelson, and gained Smith and Hagel. I'll update as soon as I confirm.Update (Chris): The vote is up on the Senate Roll Call page now, so it is confirmed. Senator Feingold, the first Senator to come out in favor of a timetable, and who once again has turned a majority of one into a voting majority in the Senate, just issued the following statement:
Today marks an important step toward ending the war in Iraq . For the first time, the U.S. Senate will pass binding legislation requiring the President to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq . While this is long overdue, it is a big step in the right direction and it brings us closer to ending our involvement in this disastrous war.The only Democrat who voted to strike the withdrawal language was Mark Pryor. I don't care what state he is from--that is the sort of issue that could cause you to lose either a primary or a general election. There isn't a state in the country that currently has a majority in favor of the war, or against this bill. Even moderate Republicans are split.