September 19, 2007
The Senate blocked legislation Wednesday proposed by Senator Jim Webb that would have regulated the amount of time troops are deployed.
The 56-44 vote was four votes short of reaching the 60 needed to
cut off debate. It was the second time in as many months that the bill was sidetracked. In July a similar measure fell four votes short of advancing.
Failure of the bill was a sound defeat for Democrats, who have been unable to pass significant anti-war legislation by a veto-proof majority since taking control of Congress in January. Webb's measure was seen as having the best chance at attracting the 60 votes needed to pass because of its pro-military premise.
The bill would have required that troops spend as much time at home training with their units as they spend deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Members of the National Guard or Reserve would be guaranteed three years at home before being sent back.
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