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Senate passes Iraq spending bill

From NBC's Ken Strickland and Mark Murray
Ignoring President Bush's veto threat, the Senate just passed the Iraq emergency funding bill, which requires the start of some troop withdrawal within four months of enactment -- with a goal of removing nearly all combat troops from Iraq by March 31, 2008.

The Senate bill must now be reconciled with a slightly different House bill. After that merger, the new legislation will be sent back to both the House and Senate for another vote of approval. Only then can it be sent to Bush, who has promised to veto it because of the deadline for withdrawal and because it contains about $20 billion worth of non-war-related items.

In short, it could be at least a couple of weeks before the president gets the bill -- maybe even longer.