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Dems drop timetable

Democratic congressional leaders cut out a schedule for troop pull-out in Iraq from a spending bill Friday, the USA Today reported. This is the first concession the new congressional majority has made to the White House over the war in Iraq. However, in a closed meeting with top White House aides, Democrats said they would strip billions of dollars in domestic spending if President Bush would accept a timetable for troop withdrawal in Iraq. They even offered Bush the opportunity to waive his compliance with the timetable if he would accept the spending bill.

The White House declined to accept the conditions laid out in the closed meeting, leaving Democrat leaders still scrambling to complete their agenda before the session ends.