Thursday, August 02, 2007

House votes for more rest time at home for troops serving in Iraq

Today, the House voted, 229-194 (go email your Republican reps who voted against this), to approve a bill that would prevent the redeployment of active-duty troops to Iraq until they had been rested at home for the same period of time they served in the war zone. The proposal would mandate three times as much rest at home for members of the reserves and National Guard. A similar measure was blocked by Senate Republicans just a few weeks ago, and President Bush would veto it anyway. But this again shows just how much Republicans really "support the troops."

This will probably be the only Iraq-related vote before the August recess because the "Out of Iraq" caucus of House Democrats oppose other measures they consider weak and possibly providing cover for Republicans on the war issue, according to The Hill.

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