Clinton attended a Chicago fundraiser Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton Wednesday criticized the Senate’s passage of additional funding for the war in Iraq, while dismissing a measure that would have set a timetable for U. S. troop withdrawal from the country.
The New York senator missed both votes Tuesday night, though the margin was big enough that she would not have made a difference in the final result. Instead, the Democratic presidential hopeful spent the evening at a fundraising event in Chicago.
“Last night, the Senate voted to add additional funding for Iraq to the Omnibus appropriations bill without any requirements to end the war,” Clinton said in a statement released by her Senate office. “As I have said before, I cannot and will not support continuing to fund a flawed and failed strategy in Iraq. I was proud to be a co-sponsor of an amendment offered by Sens. Russ Feingold and Harry Reid that would require the President to safely redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq within nine months after which funding for military operations in Iraq would be terminated.
“Unfortunately, the Senate rejected Sen. Feingold's amendment and instead voted to support funding for the Iraq war without any further limitations. Rather than continue with a flawed and failing policy in Iraq, it is time to change course. Therefore, I cannot support the addition of appropriations for Iraq to the supplemental appropriations bill,” said Clinton.
The Feingold amendment failed 71-24. The measure providing additional war funding passed 70-25. A nonbinding resolution that called for an end to the Iraq war without specifying a timetable for withdrawal failed because it did not receive the 60 votes required for passage – the final vote on that measure was 50-45.
The other Democratic senators seeking their party’s presidential nomination - Barack Obama of Illinois, Joe Biden of Delaware and Chris Dodd of Connecticut - also missed the Iraq funding votes. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who opposes a timetable for troop withdrawal, canceled his New Hampshire campaign appearances Tuesday to return to Capitol Hill for the votes.
Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson told CNN that, "The outcome was not in question and her position was clear."
–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand