Democrats, Bush eye talks on Iraqi policy

Nov. 10, 2006 at 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Now that Democrats have won control of the U.S. Congress, key lawmakers are offering to work with U.S. President George Bush to steer a new course out of Iraq.

Democrats who soon will hold top foreign policy positions in Congress want to discuss options in Iraq and what they perceive as administration mistakes, USA Today said.

U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., who will be chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has proposed a strategy that would withdraw 110,000 of the 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. He also favors granting major power to the country's ethnic regions.

U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., future head of the House International Relations Committee, said in an interview with USA Today that his panel would be adopting a "where to do we go from here?" approach."

Bush promised to work with Democratic congressional leaders "in a constructive way."

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