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03/08/07--Senate DSCC Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray, D-Wash.,  during a news conference introducing a joint resolution outlining a limited new mission for U.S. troops in Iraq and setting a goal of removing them by March 31, 2008. The resolution also establishes a target date for a pullout of combat troops Ñ favored by liberal senators Ñ but only as a goal, easing the fears of some moderate senators who have opposed a hard withdrawal date. Debate could begin as soon as Tuesday Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said. Yet it is not clear if it can obtain enough support to cross the 60-vote threshhold needed to block a filibuster on the measure. Democratic leaders said they would allow three Republican amendments: one by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., barring war funding cuts that would undermine the safety or the mission of troops in the field, a modified version of an earlier resolution (S 470) by Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., disagreeing with BushÕs decision to send additional troops to Iraq, and a third offered by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., setting benchmarks for the Iraqi government. House Democratic leaders earlier introduced a plan to set an ultimate deadline of August 2008 for removing troops from combat in Iraq and would require the president to certify by July that Iraqis are meeting key political benchmarks. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

03/08/07--Senate DSCC Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray, D-Wash., during a news conference introducing a joint resolution outlining a limited new mission for U.S. troops in Iraq and setting a goal of removing them by March 31, 2008. The resolution also establishes a target date for a pullout of combat troops Ñ favored by...
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