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WASHINGTON - July 12:  Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at a news conference.  Reid said the interim White House progress report on Iraq merely underscores the need for Congress to intervene with a firm target for action. "The report confirmed what many had suspected: the war in Iraq is heading in a dangerous direction. It's well past time for a change of course in Iraq," he said. Reid, Durbin, Murray, and Schumer said they would send a letter to the president Thursday afternoon asking for information about the reported buildup of Al Qaeda in Iraq and elsewhere and what the United States is doing to combat it. Durbin made clear that the Democratic strategy is to present next week's vote on the Levin-Reed withdrawal amendment as the one key vote on Iraq policy. "There will be one clear, unequivocal vote," Durbin said. "This will be a moment for those Republican senators who question the policy of this administration to show that they really want change." Reid and other Democratic leaders continued to dismiss as toothless a bipartisan alternative proposed by Ken Salazar, D-Colo., that would embrace the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group without setting a firm deadline for withdrawal. (Photo by Dana Statton/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON - July 12: Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at a news conference. Reid said the interim White House progress report on Iraq merely underscores the need for Congress to intervene with a firm target for action. "The report confirmed what many had suspected: the war in Iraq is heading in a dangerous direction. It's well past time for a change of course in Iraq," he said. Reid, Durbin, Murray, and Schumer...
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