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 PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and 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 McCainFormer Bush national security official backing Clinton over Trump Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Marines reignite debate on women in combat 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 MurraySenate Dems link court fight to Congressional Baseball Game Reid: House-passed Zika deal a 'disgrace' Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate 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 ObamaObama lauds abortion decision from Supreme Court Dems celebrate anniversary of gay marriage ruling Cannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit 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 SchumerJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA This week: Senate showdown over gun control MORE (N.Y.), a supporter of Clinton’s 2008 run.

Freshman Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerGOP senator: Something 'very, very good' can come from Brexit vote GOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote MORE (R-Tenn.) was the only member voting against all three Iraq proposals on the floor.