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Senate Debates U.S. Troop Tours in Iraq

The Senate debated legislation Wednesday that would regulate troop deployments in Iraq. The NewsHour reports on the debate and what it means for U.S. military.

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    Many congressional Democrats aren't accepting the plan laid out last week by General David Petraeus. He said U.S. combat troop numbers in Iraq would fall too close to the 130,000 pre-surge level by next summer.

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), Illinois: I've called repeatedly for a responsible end to the foreign policy disaster that this administration has created.


    Democrats say Petraeus' strategy amounts to an unwinnable status quo in Iraq. This week, they renewed their efforts to bring home more troops sooner.

    SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader: We on this side of the aisle are not going to stop waging the hard but necessary fight to responsibly end this war.


    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revived a defense policy bill to serve once again as the vehicle for Democrats' efforts. But as was the case in the July war debate, any plan to withdraw troops will require 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.


    The fight to end the war in Iraq and refocus our efforts against those who attacked us on 9/11 has now raged in this chamber and throughout the country for months. No, Madam President, not months, for years.

    On one side, Democrats stand united. On the other side, most of our Republican colleagues, including some of whom have publicly questioned the current course, stand with the president and his failed policies.

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