Senators from both political parties have unveiled a non-binding resolution opposing the plan to increase US troop numbers in Iraq.
The resolution symbolically puts the Senate on record as saying the US commitment in Iraq "can only be sustained" with popular support.
George Bush, the US president, plans to send 21,500 more US troops to Iraq.
Democrat Joseph Biden, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, said: "I believe that when a president goes way off course on something as important as Iraq, the single most effective way to get him to change course is to demonstrate that his policy has waning or no support from both parties."
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