2430House passes bill to withdraw troops from Iraq
- Jul 12, 2007http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070712/pl_nm/iraq_usa_vote_dc;_ylt=AmBqP4ATBSf1yoHK77EC7w7MWM0F
House passes bill to withdraw troops from Iraq
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defying a White House veto
threat, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday
approved legislation to bring combat troops out of
Iraq by April 1, 2008.
By a vote of 223-201, the Democratic-controlled House
approved the legislation in the hope it will pressure
the Senate to attach a similar mandatory troop
withdrawal timetable to a military policy bill it is
Passage of the House bill marked the third time this
year it has voted for timetables to end the U.S.
involvement in the war that is now in its fifth year.
Two previous efforts either died in the Senate or were
vetoed by President George W. Bush.
The measure that passed on Thursday would tell the
Pentagon to begin withdrawing combat troops within
four months and complete the redeployment by April 1.
Under the bill, an unspecified number of U.S. soldiers
would stay in Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers, conduct
counter-terrorism operations and protect U.S. diplomats.