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WASHINGTON - July 18: Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss.,  during a news conference after a rare all-night debate whose outcome was never in doubt, with Senate Republicans blocking a vote on a Democratic measure to require U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by next spring. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., responded by setting aside the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill temporarily. The failed amendment to the Senate version of the defense authorization bill (HR 1585) has been the centerpiece of a Democratic strategy to force President Bush to change course on Iraq. It would require Bush to begin a drawdown of U.S. forces within 120 days and to complete the withdrawal of most units by April 30, 2008. The effort to end debate and move to a vote on the amendment failed, 52-47, well short of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture. Four Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Gordon H. Smith of Oregon  voted yes, along with independent Bernard Sanders of Vermont. The only Democratic no vote was cast at the last minute by Reid, who made the move in order to be able under Senate rules to offer a motion to reconsider at a later time. Reid made clear that he expected to return to the defense bill and the Iraq debate at an unspecified later date. (Photo by Dana Statton/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON - July 18: Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., during a news conference after a rare all-night debate whose outcome was never in doubt, with Senate Republicans blocking a vote on a Democratic measure to require U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by next spring. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., responded by setting aside the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill...
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