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WASHINGTON - July 17: VoteVets.org Chairman Jon Soltz and Brandon Friedman (holding paper), VoteVets.org's Senior Advisor, meet with Keri Maloney, military affairs aide for Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., as the Senate headed towards its first all-night session since 2003 Tuesday, as both Democrats and Republicans prepared to fight in the media to defend their positions on Iraq. (Maloney also is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, and an Iraq war veteran.) Under a unanimous consent agreement, the Senate voted 94-3 to adopt a Republican amendment to the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585), expressing the sense of the Senate that it should commit to a strategy to avoid a failed state in Iraq. Offered by John Cornyn, R-Texas, the amendment required only a simple majority for adoption. But Republicans continued to block a similar up-or-down vote on a Democratic amendment that would force a U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq to begin within 120 days of enactment and be completed by April 30, 2008. That amendment, sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., was to be debated into the night, with a vote on cloture scheduled for Wednesday morning. Democrats have coalesced around the Levin-Reed language. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., frontrunners for the party's 2008 presidential nomination, have signed on as co-sponsors. The amendment also has three Republican cosponsors: Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, Gordon H. Smith of Oregon and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON - July 17: VoteVets.org Chairman Jon Soltz and Brandon Friedman (holding paper), VoteVets.org's Senior Advisor, meet with Keri Maloney, military affairs aide for Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., as the Senate headed towards its first all-night session since 2003 Tuesday, as both Democrats and Republicans prepared to fight in the media to defend their positions on Iraq. (Maloney also is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, and an Iraq war veteran.) Under a unanimous consent agreement,...
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