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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Hoyer: House will go ahead with Iraq debate
WASHINGTON (CNN) --The House will go forward as planned next week with a debate on an Iraq resolution condemning the troop increase, despite the fact that a similar resolution in the Senate has been sidelined, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, confirmed Monday.

"The reason we're going ahead is not because we don't think the Senate will ever act, but we're not sure when Senate is going to act," Hoyer told reporters at a briefing.

Hoyer said Democrats would not have an open rule for the Iraq debate because that would trigger "hundreds of amendments," but he added "I expect this bill be debated for an extended period of time -- maybe over three days."

Describing the resolution, he said it will be "disapproval in the sense that the resolution will clearly say we do not believe the president's proposal of the escalation of 21,000 troops is the proper policy to be pursued."

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Tom Lantos and Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton are working on the language of the non-binding resolution and it should be introduced "soon," Hoyer said.

Senate Republicans used a procedural maneuver Monday to keep Democratic leaders from moving forward with a nonbinding resolution, sponsored by Sens. John Warner, R-Virginian and Carl Levin, D-Michigan, opposing President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq.

-- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh
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