Republicans at odds over Iraq plan

Feb. 1, 2007 at 8:23 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. senators are divided on how to deal with President George Bush's latest plan for Iraq, with strong allies and others seeking compromise.

There are two non-binding resolutions sponsored by Democrats before Congress, both publicly critical of Bush's plan to send more than 21,000 additional U.S. troops to rein in insurgents in Baghdad. The New York Times said some Republicans appear to favor the resolutions.

Among Bush allies who want to block the resolutions and offer compromises are Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joseph Lieberman, an independent Democrat from Connecticut, the newspaper said.

They are crafting an alternate resolution that would set benchmarks for the Iraqi government and declare the troop increase as the final chance for the United States to restore security in Baghdad.

The Senate is expected to begin voting on the resolutions next week.

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