WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) — The House of Representatives Thursday approved an April 1, 2008, deadline for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq.

The vote — 223-201 — came as Democratic leaders said a report on progress in Iraq shows it is time for a new strategy, CNN reported.

The margin is far short of what would be needed to overcome a virtually certain presidential veto.

President George W. Bush, speaking at a morning news conference Thursday, stressed positive findings in the Iraq report and called the Iraq war “necessary.”

“President Bush continues to urge patience, but what is needed — and what the American people are demanding — is a new direction,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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