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After Spending 9 Months Forcing Votes On Iraq, Dems Decry The Media's Focus On Iraq

SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA): "As For Where We Go From Here, It's Not Really A Secret Plan. We Force Votes On Iraq Again And Again And Again." (Sen. Kerry,, Accessed 05/24/07)

SEN. CARL LEVIN (D-MI): "We're Not Going To Be Discouraged. ... There's No Better Use Of The Senate's Time Than To Try To Change The Direction In Iraq." (Editorial, "MoveOn.Dems," The Wall Street Journal, 9/24/07)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "We Are Going To Pick Up Senate Seats As A Result Of This War… Senator Schumer Has Shown Me Numbers That Are Compelling And Astounding." ("Reid Sees Gains on Iraq," The Washington Post, 04/13/07)

DSCC CHAIRMAN CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "'We Will Break Them…' Schumer Declared, Making No Attempt To Hide His Glee."  ("What's the Definition of Confident? Answer: Reid and Schumer," CQ Daily, 04/13/07)

Congress Has Voted At Least 57 Times On Iraq-Related Measures

In the U.S. House of Representatives, there have been at least 26 votes on measures related to Iraq or troop funding, including:

·     House Roll Call Votes 96, 97, 99, 186, 264, 265, 276, 326, 327, 329, 330, 332, 333, 417, 418, 424, 425, 620, 621, 623, 624, 717, 793, 794, 795, 796

In the U.S. Senate, there have been at least 31 votes on measures related to Iraq or troop funding, including:

·      Senate Roll Call Votes 43, 44, 51, 74, 75, 76, 77, 86, 116, 117, 124, 125, 126, 147, 167, 168, 169, 171, 181, 241, 242, 243, 244, 248, 252, 341, 342, 345, 346, 348, 362


"Democratic Operatives Believe That Washington Reporters Are So Fixated On The Party's Standoff With President Bush Over Iraq That No Other Message Is Reaching The Public." (Patrick O'Connor, "Battered Dems To Circumvent MSM," The Politico, 10/22/07)

Democrats Launch "A Public Relations Offensive … Designed To Circumvent The National News Media." Democrats "launched a public relations offensive Monday to polish the image of the new majority after a series of legislative setbacks this month.  The campaign, ranging from traditional events to conference calls with groups outside of Washington, is designed to circumvent the national news media." (Patrick O'Connor, "Battered Dems To Circumvent MSM," The Politico, 10/22/07)