One of Wisconsin's US Senators is continuing his push to bring troops home from Iraq.
US Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) says the war in Iraq is failing to protect Americans from future terrorist threats. Speaking from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Feingold said the war is making the US more vulnerable by stretching our military to the breaking point and inflaming tensions in the Middle East.
Feingold introduced an amendment to the Senate's Defense Appropriations bill, which would have ended funding for the war of Iraq and brought troops home by the end of June 2008. He says a massive troop presence is no longer needed in that country.
Feingold says getting troops out of Iraq will allow the US to focus on other areas where terrorism is still a threat, such as along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
The amendment was rejected on a 28-68 vote. It was similar to a measure Sen. Feingold and Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced last month as part of the Iraq War funding bill. That amendment was also voted down by the Senate.