U.S. Senate Democrats won a key vote this afternoon that clears the way for setting a date for U.S. troops to be out of Iraq.
The Hill reports.
"Democrats defeated by a vote of 50-48 the Republican effort to strip language from the $122 billion-dollar Iraq supplemental spending bill that would require most combat soldiers to leave Iraq within a year."
Sen. Claire McCaskill voted with her party as did Sen. Kit Bond.
Sen. Bond said the vote undercuts the troops.
"I am disappointed that my Democratic colleagues have set the stage for a veto of this critical bill. Earlier this month the Senate voted to give General Patraeus’ plan for a new direction in Iraq a chance. Unfortunately, today’s vote is a blow to these efforts. The bill to fund our warfighters has been used to undercut General Patraeus at this crucial time," Bond said in a release.
"Wars cannot be run from the halls of Congress 10,000 miles away from the war zone. I am frustrated that my fellow Senators feel they are better qualified to make these decisions than our soldiers, officers, and commanders in the field who are daily risking their lives to bring peace and security to Iraq."