Webb To Introduce Amendment To Defense Bill

July 9, 2007

Sen. Jim Webb is set to offer an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would cut down on the number of deployments to the war zone.

Webb said the bill would mandate minimum time frames between soldiers' deployments. Webb, who has himself served in the marines, said the troops are tired and the health of the armed services depends on having sufficient time in between deployments.

The proposal comes shortly after the Pentagon's announcement that some soldiers' tours would be extended from 12 months to 15 months. Webb, who's son is serving in Iraq, said the President can no longer continue to use the same strategy to govern troop deployments.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is supporting the amendment. Reid said that he believed the current Iraq policy was not working, and he urged Republican lawmakers to join Democrats in pushing for a new strategy.

In January, President Bush announced a surge of 31,000 troops to help secure Iraq.

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