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The question for the House Democratic leaders was timing — when to call the latest version of legislation imposing deadlines on pulling troops from Iraq. The answer is today.

As with most big issues, the matter of when to vote on the Iraq bill was settled among the top House leaders at a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in her conference room. They huddled late Tuesday.

Pelosi had announced before the July 4 break that the House would keep pressure up on President Bush and House Republicans. The strategic call was when.

The House is taking a different approach than the Senate: The lower chamber will be voting on a stand-alone bill by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) calling for complete redeployment by April 1, 2008.

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