On the same day that the U.S. Army announced the deaths of three soldiers from Georgia’s Fort Stewart, Georgia’s senior Senator, Saxby Chambliss, along with Johnhy Isakson voted against allowing the Senate to debate an amendment that would allow our soliders to come home to rest & recuperate from their tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Virginia Senator Jim Webb sponsored Senate Amendment 2012 to the Defense Dept. Appropriations bill (House Resolution 1585) that states…“No unit or member of the Armed Forces specified in paragraph (3) may be deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom (including participation in the NATO International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)) unless the period between the deployment of the unit or member is equal to or longer than the period of such previous deployment.” [Source: Senate Amendment 2012]
The quick summary of this amendment is that “if a unit or member of a regular component of the Armed Forces deploys to Iraq or Afghanistan, they will have the same time at home before they are redeployed. No unit or member of a Reserve component, including the National Guard, could be redeployed to Iraq or Afghanistan within three years of their previous deployment.” [Source: Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) SA2012 summary]
When Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson voted against limiting debate on this amendment by the Senator from Virginia, they voted against limiting debate on what I believe to be a common sense amendment that shows support for our troops.
Why anyone would vote against debating such an amendment is beyond me, but Georgia’s Senators did.
Our soldiers, I believe, need enough time between their deployments over-seas to rest and recuperate from a very mentally taxing situation. Our soldiers deserve time off to spend at home with their families and their friends so that once they’re sent back over to Iraq or Afghanistan, they’re refreshed and rejuvenated enough to continue to do an exemplary job.
It’s unfortunate that Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson would put their Party above our troops.
[NOTE]: This was cross-posted at Georgia Politics Unfiltered.