A Democrat initiative in the US senate to cut off funds for combat missions in Iraq at the end of next March has failed. The motion was defeated by 67 votes to 29. Few expected the motion to pass. It was more to gauge the tolerance of members for anti-war legislation.
Notably Senator Hilary Clinton, who previously has opposed the setting of any deadlines in Iraq, backed the motion, saying it was time the Democrats worked together to bring the troops home, and end the war. Several other motions on Iraq are being debated on Wednesday, including one that calls for aid to be halted if the Iraqi government makes no progress on economic and political reforms.