Hagel, Democrats agree on anti-escalation resolution

Hillary Clinton says she's on board. Olympia Snowe is thinking about it.

By Tim Grieve
Published January 17, 2007 8:51PM (EST)

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has reached agreement with Carl Levin and other Democratic senators on a nonbinding resolution opposing George W. Bush's escalation of the war in Iraq. As the Associated Press reports, the Senate Democratic leadership expects to introduce the resolution Thursday.

We haven't seen the draft resolution yet. But at a press briefing this afternoon, Levin said that it will say that the Senate does not support an increase in troop levels or "deeper military involvement" in Iraq but does support "greater engagement of other countries in the region in the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq."

According to the AP's report, Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe told reporters today that she's thinking about supporting the resolution. At her own press conference this afternoon, Sen. Hillary Clinton said she "fully" supports the nonbinding resolution and that Democrats will be "looking at appropriations" afterward.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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