House OKs Withdrawal Timetable

Mandatory timetable giving Pentagon 120 days to start redeployment and setting April deadline passes 223-201
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2007 5:20 PM CDT
U.S. soldiers of the 2nd brigade, 23rd Infantry regiment search a house during a joint U.S and Iraqi forces operation in Rasheed neighborhood in southern of Baghdad, Iraq, early Tuesday, June 19,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The House voted late today to require the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq to begin within 120 days as part of legislation that sets an April 1 deadline for complete redeployment. The 223-201 vote, a largely symbolic move given that Senate support isn't sufficient to override a filibuster, went largely along party lines.

Four Republicans and 10 Democrats crossed party lines in passing the House's third attempt of the year to set a timetable for withdrawal. The legislation calls for an undetermined number of troops to remain in the country for security purposes and to continue training the Iraqi army, Reuters reports.