A bi-partisan resolution opposing President Bush’s decision to send thousands more troops to Iraq has failed to advance in the Senate. The resolution needed to have 60 votes in favour before debate could begin. In the end there were 49 votes for and 47 against.
Opponents of the resolution argued it would damage morale among troops and spread an image of American disunity. Although not binding on the president, the resolution was seen as the first serious attempt to confront him over his Iraq strategies.