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Senate to Vote on Iraq Policy


By John Isaacs, Council for a Livable World

On Monday, the Senate will debate two amendments related to troop withdrawal from Iraq, (analysis and text below), and vote on those amendments Tuesday:

Warner (R-VA) - Frist (R-TN) amendment No. 2518 on Iraq, which is based on the Levin amendment No. 2519 with some differences

Levin (D-MI) amendment No. 2519 on Iraq

The Senate votes on Iraq are significant:

They will be the first Senate votes on troop withdrawal (see texts below).
This is the first time Senate Democrats have been willing to offer an Iraq amendment for a vote, and Republicans are to a considerable degree saying “me too.

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I like Warner because he seems to be reasonable overall unlike many Republicans. He also has stood up for Northern (Yankee) Virginia at times when the Repubs in the southern part of the state have not. You guessed it. I crossed party lines and voted for Warner in the last election.

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