The Senate passed the Democrats’ war-plus-pork appropriations bill, which purports to dictate a schedule for withdrawal from Iraq, by a 51-45 vote:
Republicans Gordon Smith of Oregon and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska sided with 48 Democrats and Independent Bernard Sanders in supporting the bill. No Democrats joined the 45 Republicans in voting against it. Missing from the vote were GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both staunch advocates of the president’s Iraq policy.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., sided with Republicans in opposing the bill.
Via Power Line News.
PAUL adds: Sen. Lieberman made an eloquent statement against the legislation. It’s long (probably longer than anything I’ve ever put on Power Line), but worth reading in full:
Earlier this week the Senate Majority Leader spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center and laid out the case for why he believes we must do this