Congress's War Over the War

Introduction -- Sept. 22

September Brings No Consensus: September was supposed to be the decisive month, when either antiwar sentiment pushed Republicans to back Democratic calls for troop withdrawals, or progress in Baghdad won President Bush time to pursue his counterinsurgency strategy. It would all be clearer, lawmakers on both sides of the debate said, when the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, outlined the war's progress to Congress. | Read More »
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In the House

Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma)

Click for Audio of Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma
(Michel du Cille - The Washington Post)

Latest Update | Boren, after hearing Gen. Petraeus's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee hearing, said he is surprised that Congress is "going into 2008 and not having any kind of real timeline. I know we don't want to tip our hats to the enemies, but at least provide us with some light at the end of the tunnel ... We can't do this forever." (Sept. 11) | Read More »

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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois)

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(Michel du Cille - The Washington Post)

Latest Update | "Finally it's really broken through," Schakowsky said of the expanding role of contractors. "And I think once the Pandora's box is opened here about what these people are doing, I don't think it's going to end." (Oct. 7) | Read More »

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In the Senate

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia)

An Unlikely Vote Forces No Change
(Shailagh Murray - The Washington Post)

Latest Update | Isakson walked onto the Senate floor and committed an act that for him is highly unusual: He voted with the Democrats on Iraq, supporting a measure offered by Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)(Sept. 29) | Read More »

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Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)

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(Linda Davidson - The Washington Post)

Latest Update | Addressing Senate moderates, who lacked enough votes to pass a troop withdrawal bill last week, Snowe warned, "If we go through this repetitive process with no resolution, it will be a major letdown to the American people." (Sept. 22) | Read More »

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