US House Approves Resolution Against Bush's Iraq Troop Buildup
16 February 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution disapproving of President Bush's buildup of U.S. forces in Iraq.
The vote was 246 to 182, with a number of opposition Republicans joining almost all of the Democrats in supporting the non-binding resolution criticizing the president's Iraq strategy. The House has 435 members.
The resolution expresses continued support of U.S. forces in Iraq, while opposing the deployment of more than 20-thousand additional American combat troops.
The vote ended four days of often heated debate in the Democratic-controlled chamber.
It is the first time the U.S. Congress has voted against Bush's Iraq war policy since the March 2003 invasion. Passage could pave the way for binding legislation on the conflict that has killed more than 3,100 US troops.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told the House that they are setting the stage for a new direction in Iraq that will bring American troops home safely and soon. She said the president's plan repeats mistakes of the past and has little chance of success.
A number of House Republicans warned of serious consequences to national security if the U.S. fails in Iraq.
The votes comes before a rare Saturday vote in the Senate on the House resolution scheduled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Opposition Republicans blocked a vote on a similar non-binding resolution last week.
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