September 19th, 2007
09:05 AM ET
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Senate Dems to push bill setting Iraq withdrawal deadlines

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)

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–CNN's Dana Bash and Ted Barrett

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  1. Aaron smithsburg maryland

    Gutless cowards oblivious to our last thirty years of foreign policy versus hawkish war profiteers drunk on the blood innocent Americans. Huh is it any wonder more people vote for American idol then voter elections.

    September 19, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Well Harry, it's nice the Democrats are trying to compromise with Republicans. However, they don't know the meaning of the word!

    Boehner already made it clear what they think: Troop deaths in Iraq are ‘a small price.’ It's also exactly what they think about the debt they're passing on to future generations of middle-class Americans.

    Democrats just need to forge ahead and if you can't overcome a veto, then just let them pay what is truly a small price like they did in the mid-term election.

    September 19, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. EW in Maryland

    I am so sick of hearing people criticize this Congress for not accomplishing anything. We gave the Democrats a majority by a couple of seats and expect miracles. Please!!!!

    September 19, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Tod Davis, Lexington, KY

    With very thin majority of democrats and the obstructionist attitude of republicans resulting a deadlock. But, now its time for democrats to push the withdrawal bill with or without republicans and let 'W' veto it. Those senators/congressmen who still want to follow the Bush's failed policy will suffer heavily in 2008 election. Americans know that hands of the democrats are tied because of the obstructionist republicans. And this time these garbage is going to be dumped out. Go ahead Reid and don't compromise!

    September 19, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Secure Our Borders Now, LA, OK

    Hey Reid, How about you set a deadline to "WITHDRAW" the 12 million plus illegal aliens who have invaded the United States?

    Is it no wonder the Congress, under the failed leadership of the Democratics, has historical low approval ratings from "The People."

    Yes, Sen. Reid – I question your patriotism!

    September 19, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. What. The. Hell?, City Roses, America

    Republican Bush is a jerk,
    A liberal timeline won't work,
    Osama laughs at us belly laughs,
    While our soldiers are blown in half,
    The UN is useless and obsolete,
    We all know they kiss our enemies feet,
    I grieve for my American Nation,
    But am frozen with frustration,
    Our Democratic Republic is in flames,
    Stoked by the politicos' stupid games,
    We, the People, weak and complacent,
    Have become akin to serfs of our gov'ment,
    Sadly we, collectively, won't lift a finger,
    Therefore, our misery will only linger,
    I'm not saying we need a revolution,
    But could one save our constitution?

    September 19, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. J, PDX, America

    That should have read City of Roses....sigh.

    September 19, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. demwit

    Just when we thought nothing could possiblibly be worse than Bush.

    Heeeeere's the Harry and Nancy show...

    September 19, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    All Democrats need to withold any more funding until there is a deadline. I'm sick of "support the Troops, even if you don't support the war." It is IMPOSSIBLE to "Support the Troops" without supporting the war. As long as the troops are supported, there is a war.

    Takw away the funding. No money. Move no bill. Fillibuster anything related to the war, all funding of any kind. Let the money run out. Then we'll have to bring the troops home.

    If Bush doesn't like it, then let him agree to the bill the Dems want, WITH timetables. We are not Iraq's army. And we need the money we are spending on that war here at home.

    September 19, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Bill W,Coatesville, PA

    Hey Harry – How about a deadline to "withdraw" all those illegal aliens who are invading the United States?

    And yes Harry – I question your patriotism!

    Posted By Secure Our Borders, LA, OK : September 19, 2007 12:23 am

    Well said! I'm with you on this one!

    September 19, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. J, Euless, TX

    Man! When did Republicans become such whiners? Oh wait...they always have been. I don't see enough Republican Senators offering up anything in the way of change that the majority of American's want. Republican's just want more of the same. They say things like...we broke it..we fix it. What an excuse that is!! The majority of American's want to get out of Iraq now. Our guys and gals are dying over there for a botched reason...I don't see how it can be any clearer. Too bad this President and his Republican cronies are too afraid to do what is right.

    September 19, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    By the accounting of our own government, there are somewhere between a couple of hundred and a couple thousand al Qaeda fighters in Iraq. If a nation of 28 million can't do something about them, then it is a bad case of their own fault.
    Time to quit holding their hands and leave now.

    September 19, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. David, Frisco Texas

    I've been a Democrat all of my life but I am totally embarrased at the lack of courage that Democrats in Congress have to stand up to the war machine. They need to cut off funding for the WAR yesterday. Bush can't have his war without the money, and the Democrats can simply refuse to fund the war anymore. I wonder if all of the male Democratic senators got a group deal on castration.

    September 19, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Coach Haughton


    The 110th US Congressional battle cry..

    Posted By demwit : September 19, 2007 9:43 am
    I write in response;
    On the contrary dimwit you the president,hillary and the rest of the congress that voted to go to war chose to lose six years ago. Open a book and read up on the social dynamics and religious demographics in the region and you will realize how stupid you sound. No amount of bullets can end that war or the violence between israel and palestine. The war is as dumb as you are.

    September 19, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. James, Phoenix AZ

    Democrats, let's make a deal....

    For every 1 soldier we withdraw from Iraq – YOU support the US expelling 100 illegal aliens.

    100,000 soldiers out of Iraq = 10 million illegal aliens back to Mexico.

    You want ALL the soldiers back? Send all the illegals back home.

    September 19, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. C. Mass, Washington D.C.

    Senator Harry Reid announces he is sponsoring a bill for setting "definite timelines" for the conversion of Americans to Islam. Initial indications are he has widespread support among most all Democrats.

    Saying he was persuaded by Osama bin Laden's recent call for America to convert to Islam to avoid future terrorist attacks, Senator Reid called on all Americans "to embrace the religion for the safety and well being of our Caliphate."

    Reid further elaborates, "The way I see it...the current administration's flawed policy of 'let's fight 'em over there so we don't have to fight 'em here' is showing too little progress for me, so if you can't beat 'em...join 'em. The French do it all the time, so what's the big deal?"

    Senator Reid invoked the memory of Neville Chamberlain in stating, "This plan will provide us with the 21st century's version of 'peace in our time'. Developing lasting friendships with our former terrorist foes like al Qaeda, Hamas, Abu Sayef, the state of Iran, etc... is clearly in our best interest"

    When asked about the strong resentment voiced by the Southern Baptist Convention in the requisite conversion of their churches into mosques, Reid called them "intolerant" and stated that the ACLU was filing a motion against the SBC that they are subjugating the rights of every American to practice Islam.

    September 19, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Democrats make me laugh....anyone who buys their grandstanding rhetoric is nothing more than a disenfranchised voter who actually figured out how to use a simple voting machine....does it comfort you to know that you are in good company with illiterate inner city folks that "vote for donuts" as well as Hillary/Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? You guys are a scarey bunch – read some more from MoveOn (psst....its George Soros bid to topple up...)

    September 20, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Steve, Gilbert, Arizona

    To Chris in Middletown;
    I wouldn't be too quick to slam Democrats. They aren't the ones who have made the incredible global mess that we are in during the past 8 years.

    September 20, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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