Resolved: The House opposes the "surge"

The Senate will vote on a vote Saturday.

Published February 16, 2007 8:25PM (EST)

The House of Representatives has just put itself on record as opposing the president's escalation of the war in Iraq. The final vote on a nonbinding resolution was 246-182, with more than a dozen Republicans breaking ranks with their party to vote in favor it.

The text of the House resolution is simple and clear:

"Resolved by the House of Representatives ... that (1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and (2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq."

The Senate will vote on whether to vote on the resolution Saturday.

By Tim Grieve

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

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