July 11, 2007
The Senate has voted down an amendment made by Sen. Jim Webb that would have restricted combat deployments.
The amendment, which would have required troops to spend as much time home as they do in battle, was voted down 56-41. But it fell short of the 60 votes needed to stop the debate.
The Senate is expected to vote next week on an amendment proposed by Michigan Senator Carl Levin, which would order troop withdrawals to begin in 120 days and end all combat by the end of next April.
Levin's amendment is not expected to survive, and President Bush has vowed to veto it if it does but the bill is still being supported by one new Republican, Olympia Snowe of Maine.