Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, shares a laugh with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., right, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
On Tuesday evening, Senate Democrats staged an all-night debate on the Iraq war, in a dramatic attempt to wear down Republicans who refuse to begin to bring troops home by fall.
The legislation, by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich) and Jack Reed (D-RI) would require President Bush to begin pulling troops out of Iraq in 120 days. After April 30, an unspecified number of troops would be allowed to remain in Iraq to fight terrorists, protect U.S. assets and train Iraqi security forces.
The around-the-clock votes were the latest attempt by Democrats to sway the opinions of those in support of the war. The attitude of some senators were that the all-night debate was "nonsense" and that they were willing to stay up "longer than they can." In the end, the vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off the debate and end a filibuster. Read More
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Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
“This must have been an effort to get the Republicans tired enough to lose their good judgment.” Ryan
“It was a very poor stunt and pure politics!” Dick (Centennial, CO)
“All a stunt! What they should be discussing is the high price of fuel. I can’t wait to see what the Democrats will do when it comes to running the country. I can assure you it won’t be much different.” Ron
“Total waste of time and money. I am total disgusted with the lack of leadership shown.” B.
“It's about time that the Congress actually spent some time debating the war. So what if the all-nighter is ‘political theater.’ At least it draws attention the most critical issue of our time. It demands our attention.” Rick (Minden, NV)
“All the Senate does is waste time trying to make political points. When did they stop serving the interests of the people? They make a big deal over the President’s low approval numbers, yet their own numbers are much lower.” D.
“I think it was a stunt and a total waste of taxpayer money.” Karen
“Stunt! An unforgivable insult to those who serve and sacrifice all done in the name of political gain.” J.(Huntsville, AL)
“What a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars and effort. I’ll not soon forget this at the voting booth.” M.
“I would be interested in the cost run up by this stunt. From what I understand, as long as the Senate is in session, lights are burning, the Senate restaurant must remain open, staff must remain there on overtime, etc. These publicity stunts are being paid for by taxpayers. I didn't like the one by the Republicans in 2003, and I don't like the one done by the Democrats last night.” C.
“My real question is how much did this stunt cost the taxpayers of the United States? The focus of the Democrats is keeping in power and winning the elections in 2008. This stunt will not help us fight the war on terrorism. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are jokes as leaders in our country!” Mark
“A stunt to play to the party faithful. Politics as usual, undermining our troops in harms way and proving to the enemy that America no longer has the guts or heart for a long fight.” Wayne
“This is nothing but a left-wing stunt to deflect the Democratic
leadership ineptness and lack of real accomplishments. How has the
country been improved since the Democrats took office. How has health care been improved since the say it's so bad now? How has Social Security been improved? How has our border and port security been improved?” Ted (Oxnard, CA)
“A silly juvenile stunt that does nothing to support our troops or the War on Terror, which is what we should focus on!” E.
“I think this is one of the biggest stunts I have ever seen and at the expense of taxpayers and the expense of all our young people serving (my son included). Linn (IA)
“Just more theater provided by a do-nothing Congress. They provide us with these little shows in hope that no one notices that they have not accomplished any meaningful legislation and have no constrictive ideas as to fix the major problems facing our nation.” Rob
“Wonder why congressional approval ratings are so low? Now you know.” Fred
“This has been nothing but a political game. If they really believe the troops should leave they should put their money where their mouth is and cut off funding. But we know they won’t do that. They just want to be able to use this next year during the election season to bash those that care about our security.” Ben
“Yes it is a political stunt. The Democrats were voted in to stop the Iraq war. They could have done this by sending the President a timetable to withdraw troops and kept sending a timetable until the President either signed it or kept vetoing it. They failed and come next election I’m looking for an independent candidate.” K.
“The best thing that has ever happened to the Republicans is the Democrats winning the House and Senate last fall. Once again, they are demonstrating their complete inability to lead this country. “ Todd