House committee approves Iraq withdrawal plan.

“A Democratic plan to require the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq passed its first test on Thursday as the House Appropriations Committee voted to endorse the proposal, overcoming Republican opposition. Members voted 37–27 along party lines to uphold a provision in a $124 billion war spending legislation that calls for troops to leave Iraq before September 2008, and possibly sooner if the Iraqi government does not meet certain benchmarks.”

UPDATE: Via The Gavel, Ranking Member Jerry Lewis (R-CA) offered an amendment that would have stripped language restricting the use of troops who are not properly equipped or trained. “The effort was defeated shortly after Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha spoke against it.” Watch Murtha’s speech, it’s powerful: