Webb Getting Straight to Work

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

Day one on the job and Jim Webb is already at work.

His new proposal is a take off of the G-I bill from the WW-II era.

It's an educational package providing service men and women serving since 9-11 with a monthly stipened, money for tuition and books and about a thousand dollars a month.

Webb says "anyone who knows anything about the World War II GI bill knows that it remade american society in terms of giving people opportunities, and I believe the people who've been serving since 9/11, some of these people have done three and even four pumps in Afghanistan and Iraq deserve the same kind of opportunity to have a truly strong future."

Political analysts say the legislation comes at a good time.

"It's probably a good accompaniment to some of the democratic legislation that are probably going to be critical of the war in iraq. /// a bill like this would show that democrats are pro soldier, even if they're anti war" said Matt Smyth from the UVA Center for Politics.

Senator Webb makes it clear he is not a supporter of the iraq war. It's an opinion he says he's had since as far back as 2002.

He says "my concern was that this administration did not have a clearly articulated plan for the occupation of iraq. that's still my question today."

And Webb should soon get some answers.

He will serve on both the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees.

Both groups are expected to start hearings on the iraq war in the coming weeks.

"he'll be the most junior member of both of those committees, but he has experience that not a lot of other senators have."


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