Is there hope in the House?

With the Senate at a standstill on Iraq, House Democrats are ready to try for a resolution of their own.

Published February 6, 2007 3:50PM (EST)

With the Senate having come to a standstill on Iraq, House Democrats appear to have abandoned their plan to wait for the other chamber to act first on an anti-escalation resolution.

A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that the House will take up an Iraq resolution next week, regardless whether the Senate makes any further progress on the issue in the meantime. No word yet on what sort of resolution the House will consider. But without all of the minority-protection rules that helped kill progress in the Senate Monday, escalation opponents in the House should at least be able to get themselves a vote if they want one.

"We will have a vote," Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "Clearly, the American people and a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate want to have a discussion and a vote on Iraq."

By Tim Grieve

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

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