Senate Blocks Democratic Bill Requiring Troop Pullouts


CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The Senate has blocked a Democratic plan that would pay for the Iraq war, but would require that troops start coming home.

Supporters of the plan fell seven votes short of the 60 that would be needed to move the plan forward.

The vote came minutes after the Senate rejected a Republican proposal to pay for the Iraq war without strings attached.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the only way to get troops the money would be to approve the restrictions outlined by Democrats.

But Republicans say the Democrats are being irresponsible.

Democratic leaders have said this week that if Congress can't pass legislation tying war money to troop withdrawals, they wouldn't send President Bush a war spending bill this year.

They say the Pentagon can eat into its annual budget to pay for the wars.

But Defense Secretary Robert Gates says without funding for the war, there will have to be layoffs.

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