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Friday, July 13, 2007

Bleeding Heartland: The Time is Now: Stand Up to Republicans on Iraq

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

(Please welcome Senator Tom Harkin to Bleeding Heartland. Leave him
some comments and let him know that you'll help him out. - promoted by
Chris Woods). As many in the progressive blogosphere are already
aware, the Senate has been debating the National Defense Authorization
Act, which will set military policy for the coming fiscal year. My
Democratic colleagues and I -- as well as a few but growing number of
Republicans -- are determined to take this opportunity to demand
fairer treatment of our troops and force President Bush to listen to
the will of the American people and change course in the war in Iraq.
Yesterday, the first amendment to the defense bill was authored by
Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. Senator Webb's troop-protection
amendment would have required that active-duty troops receive as much
time at home - recuperating and retraining - as they spend in combat,
while giving the president the authority to waive these requirements
if additional troops are needed in an emergency. I was proud to
co-sponsor Senator Webb's legislation because I felt that it was time
to bring the systematic abuse of our re-deploying troops to an end.

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