Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Senate Republicans Change Tack on Iraq Debate

In a departure, most Senate Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in voting to allow debate on a new resolution aimed at winding down U.S. participation in the Iraq war.

The vote is a new stance for Senate Republicans, who have twice blocked resolutions on an Iraq withdrawal that were opposed by the White House.

But the measure, which sets March 31, 2008, as the date by which all U.S. troops must be withdrawn, is unlikely to have enough bipartisan support to pass.

It would also require redeployment of forces in Iraq within four months of passage.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit

What questions do you have about the Statewide General Election coming up on Nov. 8? Submit your questions here, and we'll try to answer them in our reporting.