Antiwar Democrats continued their losing streak today as a Senate measure to set a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq didn't get enough support to keep it alive. The vote on the amendment to a defense authorization bill, which would have mandated a drawdown to begin in 120 days, was split 47 to 47. Sixty votes were needed to block a Republican filibuster.
"We didn't make it today, but we're going to keep trying," said Sen. Carl Levin, who sponsored the measure. Yesterday, the Senate voted 70-28 to defeat an amendment to cut funding for the war starting in 2008. A measure to increase the amount of time off allotted to soldiers between deployments in Iraq or Afghanistan also failed earlier this week.