Sen. Harry Reid (foreground) said Tuesday that Democrats in the Senate would back a plan by Sen. Carl Levin (background) and Sen. Jack Reed (not pictured).
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Unable to reach a compromise with Republicans after more than two weeks of negotiations, Senate Democrats plan to move ahead with their own measure setting deadlines for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday.
Emerging from the Senate Democrats' weekly policy lunch, Reid said he plans to move ahead with an amendment offered by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., that would set "definite timelines" for bringing home American combat forces. Reid said the Levin-Reed proposal is "basically the same as it was" back in July, when it drew the support of 52 senators, including four Republicans, but fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance under Senate rules.
Democratic leaders had hoped to negotiate new language - something short of a hard-and-fast deadline for troop withdrawal - that would attract enough Republican support to get to 60 votes. But those talks have so far not borne fruit. (Related video: Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, on giving troops more rest time)
–CNN's Dana Bash and Ted Barrett