Reed, Whitehouse Debate All Night to End Iraq War

Looks like the Rhode Island Delegation is going to rock all night for change on the Iraq war. Just got this from Whitehouse’s press office:

Whitehouse Joins All-Night Senate Debate for Change in Iraq

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will take to the Senate floor late tonight as part of an all-night debate on legislation, sponsored by Rhode Island’s senior senator, Jack Reed, that would force the beginning of a redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq.

The Senate is considering an amendment offered by Senators Reed and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) that would begin redeploying American troops out of Iraq within four months, with a target ending date of April 30, 2008. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has announced that he and the Senate’s Democratic leadership will hold the body in session overnight Tuesday, to force senators who oppose the Levin-Reed amendment to explain to the American people why they do not support bringing our troops home.


9:00 p.m. Whitehouse Attends “Call to Action to Change Course in Iraq� Rally, Upper Senate Park, United States Capitol, Washington, DC

Iraq War veterans, military families, and members of Americans United for Change, and Vote Vets will join members of Congress for an event to remember soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq.

2:00 a.m. Whitehouse Joins All-Night Debate on a New Direction in Iraq

(approx.) Senate Chamber, United States Capitol, Washington, DC

Whitehouse will speak on the Senate floor starting at approximately 2 a.m. to discuss the need for a change of course.

Whitehouse has repeatedly spoken out for a change of course in Iraq, including in an Oval Office meeting with President Bush. A member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he visited Iraq in March to learn more about the situation on the ground there.


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