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06/22/06--Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., during a news conference on troop withdrawal from Iraq. Behind them is a blank poster sarcastically titled, "The Republican Plan on Iraq:". The Senate defeated two Democratic amendments to the defense authorization bill Wednesday that called for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq. The chamber then voted 98-1 to invoke cloture on the overall $517.7 billion fiscal 2007 bill (S 2766), clearing the path for the legislation to pass by Friday. The Senate defeated 39-60 a nonbinding resolution by Democrats Carl Levin of Michigan and Jack Reed of Rhode Island to urge the president to begin withdrawing U.S. troops this year, leaving it to the administration and the Iraqi government how rapidly to continue it thereafter. The Senate rejected 13-86 a more robust amendment by John Kerry of Massachusetts, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Barbara Boxer of California. Their proposal would require withdrawal of U.S. forces by July 1, 2007, except for those necessary to conduct counterterrorism strikes, train Iraqi security forces and protect U.S. personnel and facilities. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

06/22/06--Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., during a news conference on troop withdrawal from Iraq. Behind them is a blank poster sarcastically titled, "The Republican Plan on Iraq:". The Senate defeated two Democratic amendments to the defense authorization bill Wednesday that called for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq. The chamber then voted 98-1 to invoke cloture on the overall $517.7 billion fiscal 2007...
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