NYT reported The Senate on Saturday narrowly rejected an effort to force debate
FALSE. What the Senate rejected was an effort to CLOSE DEBATE (cloture) and force a vote without continuing the debate. Republicans voted to continue the debate.on a resolution opposing President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq, but Republican defections emboldened Democrats to promise new attempts to influence the administration’s war policy. The 56-to-34 vote in a rare Saturday session was the second time Republicans were able to deny opponents of the troop increase a debate on a resolution
FALSE. They voted to continue the debate and asked that their proposal also receive a vote. What they blocked was closing the debate and voting on just the non-binding motion of the Democrats, which would have hurt the troops in the field by giving the enemy hope that the Dems would force the Americans out when they (the enemy) could not do it, yet would have no other effect.challenging Mr. Bush, and it came just a day after the House formally opposed his plan to increase the military presence in Iraq.