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 Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy 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 MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayChildren’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Schumer calls for attaching ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance 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 Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule 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 Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (N.Y.), a supporter of Clinton’s 2008 run.

Freshman Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.) was the only member voting against all three Iraq proposals on the floor.