September 19th, 2007
04:07 PM ET
15 years ago

Senate Democrats fail in push to limit Iraq troop deployments

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb holds a press conference Wednesday with Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, the co-sponsor of the Webb amendment.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A measure that would have forced the Pentagon to give troops sent to Iraq stateside leave equal to their time in the battle zone was defeated in the Senate Wednesday evening after failing to draw enough Republican votes.

The amendment from Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., won the support of 56 senators, four short of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules to move it forward. A similar measure had failed to gain approval back in July.

Webb's amendment to a defense authorization bill was strongly opposed by the Bush administration, which argued that it would hamstring the Pentagon's ability to deploy troops as needed.

The measure's chances of passage took a blow earlier in the day, when influential GOP Sen. John Warner of Virginia, who had voted for it in July, announced he would no longer support it.

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  1. Joe, Florida

    Even though the Democrats have a majority, they don't have a great majority, so it's not surprising that such controversial bills don't go through. Republicans are too proud to give Iraq over to the Iraquis, they would consider it a loss. It's just like Vietnam, except that it won't get that far, because the next President will be a Democrat and that President will hand over Iraq to its government, and get ourselves the heck out of there.

    September 20, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Republicans Again Play Obstructionist War Games. How about that for the headline for this story? The Republicans are again playing politics with people's lives.

    September 20, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    They have to be sent back as soon as possible, so they can make their small sacrifice, according to Rep. Boehner(R.-crazy as a loon)

    September 20, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    DEMOCRATS!!! Webb knew he didn't have the support for this ill-conceived bill – the cut and run plan – the "we're leaving now to pander to the wacko left wingers" – there is not one person who wouldn't want to see our boys come home. Just not this way – also -MoveOn is George Soros anti Bush bashing organization – I would ask that any rhetoric that comes from either Hillary or MoveOn be investigated....and not searching other liberal blogs...actual news agencies....the military needs to determine movement of the troops...not cowardly politicians pandering for campaign $$

    September 20, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. John, OH

    I wonder how these senators who voted against this bill will feel if they were to work 1 year straight without seeing their family or taking any break. “Support our Troops” has just been a slogan for these politicians. There are people on TV claiming that troops themselves don’t what to come home, who are they fooling?

    September 20, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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