Scorecard: The Iraq Debate So Far
****Thursday's House Action****
With a 223-201 vote, the House once again voted to set a deadline for ending major military actions in Iraq, a move that came despite a highly unified Republican opposition to any timeline for withdrawal.
****Wednesday's Senate Action****
Roll Call 241, Webb Amendment, Cloture Vote (Rejected):
The Webb amendment would have required that active-duty troops spend as much time at home on domestic soil as they do on the battlefields of Iraq, an attempt to relieve stress of soldiers and the long time they've spent deployed in Iraq. If an Army soldier spent one year in Iraq, he or she could not be redeployed back to Iraq unless he or she had spent one year state-side. Reservists who were called up to spend time in Iraq would then get three times as much state-side time before they could be re-deployed back to Iraq.
The Lieberman amendment, a sense-of-the-Senate resolution, denounced Iran's alleged role in tacitly supporting attacks on U.S. soldiers by Shiite militias. It also stated that the murder of U.S. service members by a foreign government or its agents is an intolerable and unacceptable act against the United States by that government, and establishes a regular report to Congress on Iran's anti-coalition attacks in Iraq.
Differing from the Webb amendment's effort at creating more time on domestic soil, the Hagel amendment tried to limit the overall amount of time troops could spend in Iraq. A member of the Army could not be deployed for more than twelve consecutive months. A Marine could not be deployed for more than seven consecutive months.
Also dealing with length of time between deployments, Graham's sense-of-the-Senate resolution would have mandated active-duty soldiers get 1 year between their deployments to Iraq and 5 years between deployments to Iraq for reservists called up for battle. For example, if an active-duty soldier spend 18 months in Baghdad, he or she could not return to Iraq for one year.
July 13, 2007; 9:25 AM ET
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