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Democrats make demands for troops

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published March 2, 2007


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WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders have coalesced around legislation that would require troops to come home from Iraq within six months if that country's leaders fail to meet promises to help reduce violence there, party officials said Thursday.

The plan would retain an earlier Democratic proposal prohibiting the deployment to Iraq of troops with insufficient rest or training or who have been there more than a year. Under the plan, such troops could be sent to Iraq only if President Bush waives those standards and reports to Congress each time.

The proposal is the latest attempt by Democrats to resolve deep divisions within the party on how far to go to scale back U.S. involvement in Iraq. Rep. James Moran said that the latest version has the support of party leadership and that he believes it is final and has the best chance at attracting broad support.

Thursday, just hours after floating the idea of cutting $20-billion from President Bush's $142-billion request for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next year, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad was overruled by fellow Democrats.

[Last modified March 2, 2007, 01:32:00]


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