January 4, 2006
Jim Webb was officially sworn in as Virginia's new senator Thursday afternoon.
Webb is likely to support most of the Democrats' priorities for the first 100 hours of the 100th Congress.
For instance, Webb campaigned on getting rid of corruption in Congress. The Democrats' first order of business will be expanding current bans on gifts and travel from lobbyists to congressman.
Democrats are also focusing on the war in Iraq, namely, what went wrong, and where to go from here.
The war was the backbone of Webb's campaign.
His camp said in a statement today that, "within hours of becoming a U.S. senator- the democratic leadership will introduce his GI bill, to grant our veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan the same kinds of benefits afforded to our WWII veterans."
Matt Smyth from UVa's Center for Politics, says the democratic leadership already agreed to help this bill reach the floor.
"This bill would probably be a good accompaniment to some of the democratic legislation and actions that would be critical of the war in Iraq, and possibly move towards reducing the number of troops, or moving the troops home," said Smyth. "So this would show that the Democrats are pro-soldier, even if they are anti-war."
Smyth believes, this bill has a good chance of passing in the first 100 hours.
The major criticism it would face is, where the money would come from to support it.
Issues on the Democrats' 100 hour agenda Webb may not fully support are social ones, such as the minimum wage, student loans, and stem cell research.
Webb is serving on the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees.
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