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Impending Resolution Opposes Surge
Senators Hagel, Biden, and Levin in Bipartisan Sponsorship
01/17/2007 1:05 PM ET
CNN just reported that Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Joe Biden (D-DE), and Carl Levin (D-MI) are planning to issue a non-binding resolution opposing Bush's proposed surge. Interestingly, the excerpt read on CNN essentially stated that it is not appropriate for the U.S. government to go against the will of the American people.

Though the resolution--expected to be introduced on the Senate floor later today--would not be anything more than a statement of principals, it is a major embarassment for Bush to have such a strongly-worded text co-sponsored by an influential member of his own party. If the resolution draws extensive Republican support, it could be viewed as a full-blown political mutiny against his leadership.

This resolution will re-draw the battle lines over this fight and may set a new tone for the next two years. By next week, the concerned public should have a better sense of how lame a duck the Bush Administration will be for the rest of his term.

While Hagel, Biden, and Levin are canvassing the Hill to drum up extensive bi-partisan support for the measure, Bush has been inviting Republican senators with wavering support for the war over to the White House.

UPDATE: Press conference coming at 2:30.

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