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Warner And Levin Come To Agreement To Oppose Escalation

Yahoo News: (h/t MrEMan) Two senators, a Republican and a Democrat, leading separate efforts to put Congress on record against President Bush's t

Yahoo News: (h/t MrEMan)

Two senators, a Republican and a Democrat, leading separate efforts to put Congress on record against President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq joined forces Wednesday, agreeing on a nonbinding resolution that would oppose the plan and potentially embarrass the White House.

Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., had been sponsoring competing measures opposing Bush's strategy of sending 21,500 more U.S. troops to the war zone, with Warner's less harshly worded version attracting more Republican interest. The new resolution would vow to protect funding for troops while keeping Warner's original language expressing the Senate's opposition to the buildup.

Levin replaced Warner as chairman of the Armed Services Committee when the Democrats took control of the Senate in January. Their resolution could well gain more support from members of both parties than their separate versions had been attracting. It lacks Levin's language saying the troop increase is against the national interest, and it drops an earlier provision by Warner suggesting Senate support for some additional troops.

The pushback has begun. With this kind of bipartisan (albeit toothless) effort, it will be easier for other Republicans to join in and more difficult for the Bush Administration to dismiss it as partisanship. Expect the drumbeats to get louder and louder and the Bushies to get more and more desperate.

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