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Senate Committee Passes Resolution Against Bush Iraq Plan


The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution that opposes President Bush's plan to send thousands of additional American troops to Iraq.

On a vote of 12-to-nine Wednesday, the committee approved the non-binding resolution, declaring that the deployment of additional troops to Iraq is not in the national interest. The full Senate is set to begin debate on the measure next week, and a similar resolution is planned for the House.

Vice President Dick Cheney said the resolution would not stop the troop increase. In an interview with CNN television, Cheney said the United States must, in his words, "have the stomach to finish the task" in Iraq.

The Senate panel's Democratic chairman, Joseph Biden, said the measure is not an attempt to embarrass the president, but to save him from making a significant mistake.

Senator Chuck Hagel, a member of President Bush's Republican Party, co-sponsored the resolution.

Hagel had sharp criticism for the Bush administration's management of the Iraq war. He called it a "ping-pong game" using American lives.

The resolution passed by the committee is one of two that expresses opposition to President Bush's troop increase plan. The other is sponsored by the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John Warner.

Democrats hold the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Bush asked Congress to give his new Iraq plan a chance to work.

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