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Breaking: Senate rejects debate on anti-escalation resolution.

By Amanda Terkel  

"Breaking: Senate rejects debate on anti-escalation resolution."

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AP reports: “The Senate gridlocked on the Iraq war in a sharply worded showdown on Saturday as Republicans foiled a Democratic attempt to rebuke President Bush over his deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops. The vote was 56-34.” That was four short of the 60 needed to advance the measure, which is identical to a nonbinding resolution that passed the House on Friday.

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UPDATE: “The vote marked the second time this winter that Senate Republicans have blocked action on nonbinding measures critical of the president’s war policies. This time, however, there were signs of restlessness within the GOP. Seven Republicans broke with their leadership, compared with only two on the previous test vote.”

UPDATE II: Full roll call vote here.

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