Wednesday, July 11, 2007

GOP Kills Longer Leaves for Troops

Senate Republicans have killed a plan to give service members more time at home between tours to combat.

The plan would have required that troops returning from combat in Iraq be allowed to remain in the states for as long as their combat tour lasted -- before being sent back to war.

Sen James Webb (D-VA) sponsored the bill -- and claimed that every combat veteran in the Senate had signed on as a co-sponsor.

The vote was 56-41 in favor of the bill -- with 7 Republicans voting with Democrats for it. But the vote was four short of the 60 needed to stop the Republican filibuster of the bill. (WaPo)

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