Friday, November 16, 2007

War Bills From Both Parties Fail in Senate

As alluded to in the below post on the Newsweek article both Republican and Democrat war bills failed:
Senate Republicans today easily blocked an effort by Democrats to act on a war spending bill that would have provided $50 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but would have required that troop withdrawals from Iraq begin within 30 days.

The bill had numerous other strings attached a well, including a goal of completing re-deployment from Iraqby mid-December 2008 and a narrowing of the Iraqmission to focus on counter-terrorism and training of Iraqi security forces.

The vote today was the latest attempt by Democrats to force President Bush to shift his war strategy, but they were able to muster only 53 of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate and move to a vote; 45 senators voted against the measure.

A Republican counter-measure, which would have provided $70 billion for the military operations with no strings attached, also failed.
Perhaps the old saying, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again", should be changed to "if at first you don't succeed maybe it's time to try a new plan".

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