Dems lose bid to debate Iraq resolution

Senate Democrats late yesterday failed to win enough GOP support to begin debate on a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Bush’s plan to raise troop levels in Iraq. Sens. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (R-Maine) were the only two in their party who supported cloture on a motion to proceed to the measure.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) disputed GOP leaders’ charges that Democrats were seeking to minimize consideration of alternative resolutions of support for the Bush “surge.” Democrats offered Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) several compromise proposals, Reid said.

The vote to cut off debate on a motion to proceed to the underlying resolution, a compromise backed by Sens. John Warner (R-Va.) and the authors of the first Foreign Relations Committee resolution on Iraq, fell 11 votes short of the required 60.

Collins and Coleman, who backed Warner’s first resolution as well as the compromise he struck with senior Democrats, voted with the majority, while war supporter Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) voted with Republicans. Both Collins and Coleman are already grappling with strong reelection challenges this cycle.

Warner and Sen. Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelPentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass Obama defense sec: Trump's treatment of Gold Star families 'sickens' me The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Neb.), who took bruising fire from fellow Republicans for his support of the resolution, voted with their leaders in favor of filibustering a measure they support.