Council for a Livable World applauded the Senate for holding an important vote today on the war in Iraq. The resolution offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would have required President Bush to begin a troop withdrawal from Iraq within 120 days of adoption while establishing a goal of pulling all combat troops out by March 31, 2008.
Council for a Livable World condemned the Senateâ€™s refusal today to hold a substantive debate on President Bushâ€™s effort to escalate U.S. troop levels in Iraq. The Senate voted 56-34 Saturday on a motion to invoke cloture on S. 574, which is identical to the resolution just passed in the House and expresses support for U.S. troops while criticizing President Bushâ€™s proposal to commit an additional 21,500 combat soldiers to Iraq. The final vote fell 4 short of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and move past ongoing procedural obstructionism by Senate Republicans.
Today the House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing President Bushâ€™s escalation of the war in Iraq while vowing to â€œcontinue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces.â€� The final roll call was 246 â€“ 182 with 17 Republicans breaking ranks to vote in favor and only two Democrats registering opposition.
The Council for a Livable World today praised Majority Leader Harry Reidâ€™s (D-NV) brave decision to move forward with Senate debate on President Bushâ€™s escalation in Iraq despite weeks of obstructionist stalling by Senate Republicans. Debate is expected to take place Friday or Saturday.
Council for a Livable World today released its annual national security scorecard showing that major Democratic candidates for President are bunched closely together with comparable scores.