Democrats will plunge the Senate into a rare overnight debate tonight, hoping to pressure Republicans uneasy about the president’s Iraq war strategy by forcing a simple majority vote. The session will conclude in a vote on troop withdrawal tomorrow morning. Republicans responded to yesterday's announcement by accusing Democrats of playing politics and suggesting they’ll filibuster, the Times reports.
A proposal to start redeployment within 120 days is believed to have more than 50 votes but not the 60 needed to avert a filibuster. Harry Reid acknowledged that he scheduled the all-nighter to "make Republicans answer for their refusal to allow an up or down vote." GOP leader Mitch McConnell called the maneuver "theater and bad theater at that."