US Senate to vote on troop pullout from Iraq today
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
United States Senate Democratic Majority Leader from Nevada Harry Reid has asked that the senate vote on the Levin/Reed Amendment at 11:00 a.m. (eastern time), which would begin a pullout of some U.S. troops from Iraq in 120 days, if the amendment is passed.
Currently, the U.S. senate is pulling an all-night debate on the Iraq war to decide whether troops should be pulled out of the country.
Despite the all-night session, some senators say that the debate is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
"Our enemies aren't threatened by talk-a-thons, and our troops deserve better than publicity stunts," said Kentucky., a Republican Senator from
"We have no alternative except to keep them in session to explain their obstruction," added Reid.
Democrats are calling for a "simple majority vote" of at least 51 in order for the amendment to go forward, while Republicans want at least 60 votes.
- David Espo. "Dems, short of Iraq votes, force overnight session" — , July 18, 2007