Democrats consider compromise in Iraq

Sept. 6, 2007 at 3:59 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Congressional Democratic leaders in Washington voiced an openness to compromise in an attempt to pull some of the U.S. soldiers out of Iraq.

Senate Democratic leaders said they are trying to attract Republican support to see at least modest troop withdrawals within the next few months, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Senior Democrats said they would be willing to rethink their push to establish a withdrawal deadline of next spring if it would attract the 60 Senate votes needed to pass.

“If we have to make the spring part a goal, rather than something that is binding, and if that is able to produce some additional votes to get us over the filibuster, my own inclination would be to consider that,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., told the Times.

The proposal, made by Levin and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., would still call for the withdrawal of at least some U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

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