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AP: Senate “Gridlocks” Dem Iraq Surrender Plan

From a desolate Associated Press:

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media about the Iraq war resolution under debate, alongside other Senate and House Republicans, on Capitol Hill in Washington February 16, 2007. The Senate refused on Saturday to consider a resolution denouncing President George W. Bush’s Iraq troop buildup that was passed by the House of Representatives the day before. Also pictured are (L-R) Senator Jon Kyl, House Minority leader John Boehner, House minority whip Roy Blunt, Rep. Duncan Hunter and Rep. Adam Putnam.
Senate gridlocks on Iraq war resolution

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

The Senate gridlocked on the Iraq war in a sharply worded showdown on Saturday as Republicans foiled a Democratic attempt to rebuke President Bush over his deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops.

The vote was 56-34. That was six short of the 60 needed to advance the measure, which is identical to a nonbinding resolution that Democrats pushed through the House on Friday.

"The Senate, on behalf of the American people, must make it clear to the commander in chief that he no longer has a rubber stamp in Iraq," said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in the final moments before the vote.

Republicans blasted him and the Democratic leadership for refusing to allow a vote on an alternative that ruled out any reduction in money for troops in the field.

"A vote in support of the troops that is silent on the question of funds is an attempt to have it both ways," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the GOP leader. "So we are asking for an honest and open debate."

The vote marked the second time this winter that Senate Republicans have blocked action on nonbinding measures critical of the president’s war policies. This time, however, there were signs of restlessness within the GOP.

Seven Republicans broke with their leadership, compared with only two on the previous test vote.

Also this time, the maneuvering concerned a nonbinding measure that disapproved of Bush’s decision to deploy the additional troops and pledged to support and protect the troops…

In the Senate, Reid has told lawmakers he will turn anti-terrorism legislation into a forum for debate over the war. He has met privately in recent days with fellow Democrats as the leadership plans its next move.

In the House, Democrats have said they will attempt to place restrictions on Bush’s request for an additional $93 billion for the military in an attempt to make it impossible for him to deploy all 21,500 additional troops…

And of course our unbiased media calls a vote that sought to prevent the "slow bleeding" of our troops in Iraq "gridlock."

Apparently anything that hurts their terrorist allies is "gridlock."

It looks like Senate Majority leader Harry "Pinky" Reid made everybody come to work on Saturday for nothing.

Here, alas, are the Republican Senators who did vote for surrender cloture:

Coleman, Norm (MN)
Phone: (202) 224-5641
Fax: (202) 224-1152
Email

Collins, Susan M. (ME)
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Fax: (202) 224-2693
Email

Hagel, Chuck (NE)
Phone: (202) 224-4224
Fax: (202) 224-5213
Email

Smith, Gordon H. (OR)
Phone: (202) 224-3753
Fax: (202) 228-3997
Email

Snowe, Olympia J. (ME)
Phone: (202) 224-5344
Fax: (202) 224-1946
Email

Specter, Arlen (PA)
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-1229
Email

Warner, John (VA)
Phone: (202) 224-2023
Fax: (202) 224-6295
Email

Remember them.

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