Kyl ‘confident’ GOP can block foes of war

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One Republican — Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska — was among the amendment’s 31 co-sponsors.

Despite taking over both houses of Congress in January, Democrats have struggled to push forward their antiwar agenda that is of the utmost importance to their liberal base.

Mr. Bush in May vetoed the emergency war spending bill because it called for most troops to be withdrawn by March. Democratic leaders could not generate support to override Mr. Bush and removed the pull out schedule, setting up passage of about $95 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30 and billions in domestic projects.

Two weeks later, a bill co-sponsored by Mr. Reid and Sen. Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat, which called for cutting off money for combat operations after March 2008, failed in the Senate by a vote of 29-67 — 31 votes shy of what was needed to debate it.

Polls show Congress‘ approval rating is at 25 percent — five points below Mr. Bush. Pollsters attributed the low numbers mainly to Democratic voters voicing concern over their party’s inability to effect change regarding the war.

“The American people expect this change, and they expect it now,” Mr. Reid said.

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