Senate rejects Democrats’ Iraq plan

The Senate on Thursday rejected a Democratic-backed resolution imposing a yearlong window to withdraw most of the U.S. troops from Iraq, with only Republican Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.) crossing over to vote with the majority, which fell short of the necessary 60 votes.

Three Democratic caucus members opposed to their leadership’s resolution were Sens. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who joined Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) on a proposed alternative that did not receive a floor vote. Smith, preparing for a hotly contested 2008 reelection race, supported the measure while Sen. John McCainJohn McCainBush biographer: Trump has moved the goalpost for civilized society White House to pressure McConnell on ObamaCare McCain: Trump needs to state difference between bigots and those fighting hate MORE (R-Ariz.), locked in his own close race for the presidency, missed the vote while on a bus tour of primary states.

Both parties’ companion resolutions expressing support for troops in the field passed; Sen. Judd Gregg’s (R-N.H.) by an 82-16 vote and Democratic Caucus Secretary Patty MurrayPatty MurrayCBO to release report Tuesday on ending ObamaCare insurer payments OPINION | Progressives, now's your chance to secure healthcare for all McConnell open to bipartisan deal on health insurance payments MORE’s (Wash.) by a 98-2 vote. Gregg’s resolution was aimed at putting members on record as opposing any funding cuts for the war, while Murray’s highlighted commitment to caring for service members in the wake of the Walter Reed and other veterans’ health scandals.

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president CNN's Don Lemon: Anyone supporting Trump ‘complicit' in racism DOJ warrant of Trump resistance site triggers alarm MORE (D-Ill.), jockeying for their party’s White House nomination, supported the Gregg plan, a vote that may earn them disfavor with antiwar advocacy groups. Their fellow Democratic presidential hopefuls, Joseph Biden (Del.) and Chris Dodd (Conn.), voted against the Gregg language.

The only member of the Democratic leadership to back Gregg was Caucus Vice Chairman Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerDemocrats urge Trump to condemn Charlottesville violence Melania Trump on Charlottesville protests: 'No good comes from violence' It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (N.Y.), a supporter of Clinton’s 2008 run.

Freshman Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOPINION: Congress should censure Trump for his unfit conduct How to fix Fannie and Freddie to give Americans affordable housing No. 2 Senate Republican backs McConnell in Trump fight MORE (R-Tenn.) was the only member voting against all three Iraq proposals on the floor.