Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Senate Pulls an All-Nighter

The Senate is pulling an all-nighter, as Democrats lined up a series of votes on a bill aimed at redeploying troops from Iraq. The effort is to get all the debate out of the way and shut down fillibustering. From the Associated Press:

"They called for sleeping cots to be rolled into a room off the Senate floor and told members to prepare for repeated votes throughout the evening. Senators even left open the possibility of dispatching the sergeant at arms to summon
colleagues from their homes to the floor if lawmakers ignored the debate."
At the center of tonight's push -- legislation from Sen Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen Jack Reed (D-RI) ordering a troop drawdown in 120 days and a complete redeployment by April 30, 2008.

The bill would allow some troops to remain behind to train Iraqis and attack terrorists. (AP)

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