WASHINGTON (CNN) - Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe is "seriously considering" voting to impose a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, her spokesman David Snepp said Monday. Snowe has been a frequent critic of the war, but has said in the past the setting timetables for withdrawal would be a mistake.
Such a vote would be a blow to President Bush who has seen several senior Republican senators in recent weeks call for major changes in the war's strategy. Snepp said her declaration that she is considering it means there is a "good chance" she'll end up voting for an amendment sponsored by Democratic Sens. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Carl Levin of Michigan, which is expected on the floor this week as part of a Defense Department authorization bill.
The amendment would require combat troops begin to leave Iraq 120 days after the bill is enacted - with a goal of completing the withdrawal by the end of March, 2008. Snepp said that date might be changed to the end of April in order to pickup additional votes because some lawmakers think it's too hasty to be out by March.
- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett