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(CNN) -- Iraq was one of the greatest issues to loom over the fall's midterm elections.

Election exit polls indicated views of President Bush and the war in Iraq were key to the sweeping Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives. According to exit polls, 57 percent of all voters disapprove of the war in Iraq and 58 percent disapprove of Bush's job performance.

Democrats are promising a "new direction," but so far have been unable to unite behind a single exit strategy. Democratic proposals have ranged from Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha's call for an immediate withdrawal to a more gradual redeployment to begin over the next year.

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War Authorization
October 10, 2002: The House passes 296-133 a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force against Iraq.
October 11, 2002: The Senate passes 77-23 a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force against Iraq. Sen. Lincoln Chaffee is the only Republican to vote no.

Troop Withdrawal
November 18, 2005: A resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq is rejected 3-403 by the House.
June 22, 2006: The Senate rejects 13-86 an amendment by Democratic Sens. John Kerry and Russ Feingold calling for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq by July 1, 2007.
June 22, 2006: The Senate rejects 39-60 a Democratic amendment calling for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq to begin at the end of 2006. Six Democrats vote no, including Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Spending
October 31, 2003: The House passes 298-121 an $87 billion spending bill for reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
November 3, 2003: The Senate passes by voice vote an $87 billion spending bill for reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
June 15, 2006: The Senate passes 98-1 an emergency spending bill that will give approximately $66 billion to overseas military operations.
March 19, 2003: The war in Iraq begins with U.S. airstrikes, followed by the invasion.
May 1, 2003: President Bush addresses the nation from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and declares the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq. He stands below a banner that reads, "Mission Accomplished."
December 13, 2003: Saddam Hussein captured in a "spider hole" in Tikrit.
January 30, 2005: Millions of Iraqis cast ballots in the nation's first free election in half a century.
November 17, 2005: Rep. John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania), calls for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Murtha is a former Marine who had previously supported the war effort.
May 20, 2006: The Iraqi Parliament approves Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's choices for the Iraqi national unity government.
June 8, 2006: Abu Musab al Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, is killed.
Timeline: Iraq key dates
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