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WASHINGTON - July 11: House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., during a news conference on a Democratic plan to take up a House bill Thursday that would set a firm withdrawal deadline in Iraq, which is gaining little traction with Republicans. House GOP leaders predicted Wednesday that not more than a handful of their rank and file will back a bill introduced by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., that would require troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by April 1, 2008. The bill (HR 2956) mirrors a similar measure that passed the House in March with the support of just two Republicans. The Rules Committee met Wednesday afternoon and adopted a closed rule for debate on the measure, thus barring amendments. The rule would allow four hours of debate. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON - July 11: House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., during a news conference on a Democratic plan to take up a House bill Thursday that would set a firm withdrawal deadline in Iraq, which is gaining little traction with Republicans. House GOP leaders predicted Wednesday that not more than a handful of their rank and file will back a bill introduced by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., that would...
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