updated 6/22/2006 2:01:29 PM ET 2006-06-22T18:01:29

The Senate’s votes this week, and last week, on U.S. policy in Iraq won’t change Bush administration policy. But they are important indicators of where key senators — those in re-election races and those with presidential ambitions — stand on the U.S. mission in Iraq.

At issue were three proposals:

  • An amendment to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of this year, introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY., last week. (The Senate voted 93 to 6 to reject it.)
  • A non-binding proposal offered by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to urge President Bush to begin “redeployment” of U.S. troops from Iraq by Dec 31, was rejected 60-39 Thursday..
  • A measure offered by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that sets a deadline of July 1, 2007, for U.S. troops to be withdrawn – except for those needed to train Iraqi forces -- was rejected 86-13 Thursday.

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