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Senate Proceeding on May 20th, 2009 :: 3:47:05 to 3:55:44
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Joseph Lieberman

3:47:05 to 3:47:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: secretary of the army geren said, summarizing this part of his testimony before the armed services committee -- said, the u.s. army is -- quote -- "bus circumstance stretched, and stressed." he's right. we've got to give those heroes in uniform some help, and the

Joseph Lieberman

3:47:05 to 3:55:44( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

3:47:27 to 3:47:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: best help we can give them is more people in uniform fighting alongside them. now here's a strange twist. in the face of the current crisis in manpower, the administration to effectively direct the army

Joseph Lieberman

3:47:49 to 3:48:11( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to actually shrink by the end of the y overseas increase, dropping back from over 549,000 soldiers to th in other words, this supplemental appropriation bill

Joseph Lieberman

3:48:12 to 3:48:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: closes aap that existed in the army's ability to 547,400 they're entitled to. but they're still over by 1,600 soldiers. and, therefore, there is a guidance ute tha army to take drastic measures

Joseph Lieberman

3:48:34 to 3:48:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: cut back, in fact reducing their recruiting goals this year by 13,000 knows it can meet, and cutting its retention/reenlistment goals by also knows it can meet. so here we have this really ironic -- really worse than that

Joseph Lieberman

3:48:55 to 3:49:16( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: -- moment where we need more troops and more soldiers and the army is going to be forced to cut back. i must tell you that i think it's going to be hard to shrink the army in this way by the end of this year because so many our troops are reenlisting. quite remarkable. so committed of their service, want to keep

Joseph Lieberman

3:49:17 to 3:49:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: fighting for the united states alongside the others in their unit. and, obviously, some are affected by the economy and the instability and difficulty in finding job opportunities in economy. so i think it would be a terrible mistake to order the army to cut its ranks at this

Joseph Lieberman

3:49:39 to 3:49:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: time, which would mean less dwell time for our soldiers. that's why senators graham, begich, thune, burris and i introduce this amendment, which would enae the army to maintain its current strength and continue to grow for the remainder of this fiscal

Joseph Lieberman

3:50:00 to 3:50:20( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: year, as the secretary of defense determines. no compulsion here. current law forces get smaller before the end of the year. this amendment would s you can grow beyond the 547,400 within the limit of the waiver that the army has, and it

Joseph Lieberman

3:50:21 to 3:50:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: provides the money to do that, which is an additional million for the remainder of this fiscal year. frankly, a significant amount of money, but when you think about the impact it will of just about every man and woman wearing the uniform of the u.s. army, the proud uniform o

Joseph Lieberman

3:50:46 to 3:51:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the u.s. a.m., it's more than uniform of the u.s. army, it's worth it. i want to explain, if i might, for a minute. i see no one else on the it will increase the minimum end strength of the active duty army from the statutory level it is at now up to $5

Joseph Lieberman

3:51:08 to 3:51:30( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: when you get to that point, it gives the secretary of the army a 2% waiver and that means that, working with the secretary of defense, the secretary of the army could raise the army up to $558,000 by the-- -- up to 558,000 by the end of the fiscal year. it gives that latitude and money to back it up.

Joseph Lieberman

3:51:31 to 3:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and that's the second part of the amendment, to providehe funds. additional soldiers will help the army to cover the immediate personnel shortfall it faces because of the toll the conflicts ar taking on the force. and if i may add just this final

Joseph Lieberman

3:51:52 to 3:52:12( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: argument of of staff peter that the army has about 30,000 soldiers among the 549,000 that are for one reason or another -- three reasons actually -- not available to meet the

Joseph Lieberman

3:52:13 to 3:52:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: requirements of the army, not able to be directly involved. for example, nearly 10,000 soldiers now either serve as wounded warriors or support their recovery while thousands more are not deployable because

Joseph Lieberman

3:52:34 to 3:52:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of injuries they have often not in conflict but that are nonetheless disabling enough that they can't be deployed. so the truth is, there already is a 30,000 gap amongst the 549,000 that is on the books as actively madam president, the best way to

Joseph Lieberman

3:52:55 to 3:53:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: honor the sacrifice and service of these soldiers to ensure -- will b brothers and sisser

Joseph Lieberman

3:53:16 to 3:53:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to battle with those in both battlefields are competing for those uniquely trained enablers and to provide army leadership with it needs to have the for the theater while giving our troops more time at home. i want to go to two final questi would growing a

Joseph Lieberman

3:53:37 to 3:53:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: relieve the strain on the force when it matters most? and is this a proposal we can afford? in terms of the fir that the greatest demand in the theater falls upon our most junior soldiers, such as the army's privates and specialists, who face the most difficult dwell time ratios in the force.

Joseph Lieberman

3:53:58 to 3:54:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: they keep going back and forth. if we commit to growing a force now, these are the types of troops that we can recruit, train redriewt, train, a recruit, train, and deploy in this time of need.

Joseph Lieberman

3:54:20 to 3:54:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in terms of the second question, of course i'm concerned about the long-term costs of increasing the size of the force. the price of military personnel has risen over the past decade because we have better recognized the service our soldiers and we're taking better care of them.

Joseph Lieberman

3:54:41 to 3:55:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: nonees can explain to our soldiers and their families that we in congress decided that we could not afford reinforcements at a time when the force is so stressed under the and still performing so brilliantly.

Joseph Lieberman

3:55:03 to 3:55:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to stress. it's -- it's out of it needs our support to come into balance. this amendment would provide the funds to give the secretary of the army and the secretary of defense the option, not mandatory, to raise the number

Joseph Lieberman

3:55:26 to 3:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of active duty military personnel from now until the end of this fiscal year to a level above -- slightly above -- the 547,400 now statutorily authorized. i hope that my colleagues -- our

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