The Senate on Monday postponed action on a non-binding resolution opposing President Bush's proposed troop increase in Iraq, upseting Democrats. Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Ken Salazar, D-Colo., discuss the possible next steps.
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For a second day, efforts to kick-start the Senate debate on the president's troop buildup in Iraq can't get past go. It's caught up in partisan positions on how best to proceed.
We begin with the Republicans. We get the view of Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader. I spoke with him a short time ago.
Senator McConnell, welcome to the program.
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader: Glad to be with you.
What's the latest version of the Republicans' proposal for moving ahead with the debate on the Iraq resolutions?
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL:
Well, first of all, this is a debate we would like to have. We were anticipating having the Iraq debate this week.
In the Senate, it's customary for the minority to be treated respectfully and to have at least several different proposals considered. Senator Reid and I have been in negotiation over the last few days trying to narrow down the various proposals that would be considered.
As we speak tonight, we've come down to one proposal, the proposal offered by Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, that would put the Senate on record as favoring funding support for the troops in Iraq. Unfortunately, the majority leader is objecting, so it appears as if we're going forward here, if we go forward, without the minority having any amendments at all.