Politics

Breaking: Levin-Reed amendment fails.

Today, the Senate voted 47-47 on an amendment sponsored by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) that “would require a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq to begin in 90 days and end in nine months.”

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When the Senate previously voted on the bill in July, the vote was 52-47.

UPDATE: Roll call vote HERE. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Ben Nelson (D-NE) all voted “yea” in July, but voted “nay” yesterday. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Bernie Sanders (I-CT) all voted “yea” in July, but did not vote yesterday. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), Trent Lott (R-MS), and Pete Domenici (R-NM) also didn’t vote yesterday, but voted “nay” in July. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) yesterday voted “yea.”

UPDATE:Dodd explains his switch in a press release, which states that “he will only support legislation on Iraq that contains a firm and enforceable timetable for redeploying U.S. troops as well as an enforceable cut off of funds for future combat operations in Iraq.”