Salazar Wants U.S. to Use Iraq Panel's Plan for War

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Washington (AP) Colorado Senator Ken Salazar wants to build a bipartisan group of lawmakers to push President Bush into adopting the Iraq study group's advice for ending the war.

Salazar, a Democrat, and Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican, circulated a letter in the senate yesterday. It argues that the group's recommendations are the best alternative to the debate over funding for the unpopular and costly war.

The senators plan to introduce a bill around the end of the month which would set a series of benchmarks the Iraqis must meet in exchange for continued U.S. support. Unlike at least one previous House Democratic proposal, they do not propose cutting off funding for the war.

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