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Posted by Tony from ( on Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 7:21PM :

Democrats consider alternative resolution on Iraq
Concerned that the White House's proposal is too open-ended, senators debate how to craft a response.

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By Anthony York

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Sept. 25, 2002 | With Republicans pushing to begin debate on a White House proposal authorizing the use of force in Iraq as early as next week, some Senate Democrats said Tuesday they have serious concerns about the resolution President Bush sent to Congress and are working on an alternative, less open-ended resolution.

While Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said it was "too soon to know" whether there would actually be an alternative to the Bush resolution before Congress, other Democrats said such a counter-proposal is all but certain if the White House refuses to modify the language of its proposal.

Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said the resolution sent by the White House "insulted the Constitution" and should be junked. Barring that, Feingold said, many of his Democratic colleagues are prepared to go ahead with an alternative proposal. It remains unclear what that proposal would entail -- or even whether it would actually authorize the use of force in Iraq.
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