This Won’t Do It

What is needed is a resolution that stops the funding, no ifs, ands, or buts. And then we need a resolution of impeachment for war crimes.

Senators to Introduce Resolution Opposing Bush’s Iraq Policy
By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 17, 2007; Page A04

Senate leaders will introduce a bipartisan resolution of opposition to President Bush’s new Iraq policy as early as today, taking the lead from House Democrats who are increasingly divided on how far to go to thwart additional troop deployments to Iraq.

The resolution — crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) — will not come to a vote before Bush’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. But by sending it to Biden’s committee this week, Democratic leaders will give senators from both parties multiple opportunities to voice concerns about the president’s policy.

In another high-profile move, Democratic leaders yesterday tapped Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), a Reagan administration Navy secretary who secured victory in November on an antiwar push, to deliver the party’s nationally televised response to Bush’s speech.

House leaders opted to allow the Senate to strike first, reasoning that a strong, bipartisan vote there would splinter Republican support in the House, Democratic leadership aides said. The Senate resolution will not only express opposition to the president’s deployment of 21,500 additional troops to Iraq but also lay out policy alternatives that have bipartisan appeal, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide familiar with the negotiations.

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