The real headline here should be ” Republicans Filibuster bill to give troops down time after combat”. It is not that the Republicans just blocked this bill by a “up & down vote”. They filibustered it. They do NOT even allow it to come to vote because if they did, and this who voted for cloture also voted to pass it, it would have passed. This would have forced Bush to either veto a bill for equal downtime for the troops or not. So who are these republicans protecting, the troops, you and me, themselves, or Bush? What do you think?
Senate Republicans block Iraq bill | Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats’ best near-term chance to change President George W. Bush’s Iraq strategy.
The measure to give troops as much rest time at home as they spent on their most recent tour overseas needed 60 votes to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate; it received just 56 votes, with 44 against.
It had been offered by Sen. Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam veteran and former Navy secretary. The Democrat said U.S. troops are being “burned out” by repeated redeployments to Iraq, with tours of up to 15 months and less than a year off in between.