A long-awaited debate got under way this afternoon in the U.S. Senate on resolutions that would put that body on record as either supporting or opposing President Bush's decision to send thousands more U.S. troops to Iraq.
But the Republican Senate minority then voted unanimously to block any further consideration of the resolutions.
Just before that vote, Majority Leader Harry Reid warned his Republican colleagues that they would be going on the record as stifling a debate the American public demands:
"The vote is whether we can proceed to debate the escalation to the war in Iraq," Reid said. "And the Republicans have told everybody they're all gonna vote 'no.'"