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Salazar Asks For Phased Troop Reduction in Iraq

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Sen. Ken Salazar took a stand today on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, calling for a phased redeployment.

A non-binding amendment, which Salazar co-sponsored with three other senators, calls on the Bush administration to begin withdrawing forces from Iraq by the end of this year and establish a timetable for the future. The measure was the subject of an intense debate on the Senate floor today.

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Here is his full statement delivered on the Senate floor.

Sen. Wayne Allard disagreed. Here is his statement. Sen. John McCain also opposed Salazar’s amendment.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the measure “a significant step on the road to disaster” in Iraq. If the Senate sets a deadline for U.S. involvement in Iraq, said McCain, “the only question will be the degree to which increased violence engulfs the country, and a civil war erupts.”

Sen. John Kerry will introduce an amendment this afternoon requiring full troop withdrawal by July 1, 2007. A Senate vote on the proposals is scheduled for tomorrow.

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