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Senate Proceeding on Sep 19th, 2007 :: 5:26:06 to 5:32:47
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Carl Levin

5:25:43 to 5:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the next few minutes we are able to come up with an agreement to schedule a vote probably i guess at 5:00 for the convenience of senators. oh, here, senator -- this was going to be cleared with

Jim Bunning

5:26:06 to 5:26:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: senator reid. the presiding office the senator from kentucky has the floor. does the senator yield for this? mr. bunning: who am i yielding to and for what? the presiding officer: i think the majority

Jim Bunning

5:26:06 to 5:32:47( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning

5:26:22 to 5:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: leader. mr. bunning: do you want me to yield to you? mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator -- mr. bunning: bunning: they told me to go ahead. the presiding officer: theid senator from kensetucky

Jim Bunning

5:26:34 to 5:26:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: has the floor. mr. bunning: -- and do my thing. mr. president, i rise today to voice my strong objections to the webb amendmentnd. i voted against thisst amendment when it was offered two months

Jim Bunning

5:26:54 to 5:27:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: ago and i will vote against it again today. i will not support this slow bleed strategy from iraq f. it ties the hds of our comman ders. i cannot r emember a time a in history when the congress ofes the

Jim Bunning

5:27:13 to 5:27:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: united states has h dictated to our commanders on the ground howun to conduct their mission tiro this extent. this is an extremely dangerous amendment . the junior senator from virginia would like

Jim Bunning

5:27:32 to 5:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: for you toor believeie that it helps our troops and a vote in support of this amendment is a vote to support s our troops. wrong. nothing can be further from the truth. this amendment would be a nightmaregh

Jim Bunning

5:27:53 to 5:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to execute. it says t hat a soldier must spend one day at home for every day the soldier is deployedd. that may sound reasonable on its face, but anyone that knows howno the military plans its mission

Jim Bunning

5:28:12 to 5:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: mission -- missions know it will be a logistical roadblock for our military planners. the problem is that when a unit returns from deployment, its personnel are often reassigned to other units and

Jim Bunning

5:28:29 to 5:28:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: other assignments. divisions, brigades, battalions and units don't stay together forever, and a military of m millions of people -- in a military of millions of people, the are a lot of people reassigned

Jim Bunning

5:28:46 to 5:29:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: each day. this amendment would essentially require their army and marine corps staff to keep track of how long each serviceman or woman has spent in iraq or afghanistan afghanistan, how long they

Jim Bunning

5:29:03 to 5:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: have been at home a nd how long their unit was deployed and how long it was home. this is absurd. this would mean putting soldiers -- excuse me, pulling soldiers out of units scheduled to deploy

Jim Bunning

5:29:21 to 5:29:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: if the service member did not have enough dwell time. this breaks upth leadership and soldier teams, the formations of which is the pup of the army and marine -- the purpose of the army and marine

Jim Bunning

5:29:36 to 5:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: training system. requiring the president to issue a certification to congress to waive this requirement for every individual service member who might be affected by this is even more absurd. this amendment

Jim Bunning

5:29:55 to 5:30:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: takes tools and flexibility away from our commanders on the ground, like general petraeuset. that is why it is being offered today. comman ders make estimates about the forces they need based on assumptions

Jim Bunning

5:30:12 to 5:30:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: about current and a future threatsfu.| if a commander in iraq or afghanistan concludes that some event might require the deployment of additional forces to its theater, this amendment wouldwo restrict

Jim Bunning

5:30:27 to 5:30:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the units and personnel that could be sent. the junior senator from virginia claims to be concerned for the welfare of our troops. not one member of this body is opposed to troops getting rest after

Jim Bunning

5:30:46 to 5:30:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: a long deployment, but we need to be equally concerned about the dangers our soldiers face when they do not have the neceary resources and reinforcements available to do their missions. this is the troop

Jim Bunning

5:30:59 to 5:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: true purpose of this amendment. it cripples the ability of secretary gates, general petraeus, and our other command commanders on the ground to accomplish their mission and forces a drawdown of our

Jim Bunning

5:31:18 to 5:31:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: troops in iraq and afghanistan. i will not support this strategy out of iraq. it pulls troops -- excuse me, it puts troops in harm's way, re restricting the resource and reserves they need so successful

Jim Bunning

5:31:33 to 5:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: successfully accomplish their mission. this is not supporting our troops. it is wrong to cloak a troop pullout amendment in language that relates to troop rest, but that is exactly what this amendment

Jim Bunning

5:31:54 to 5:32:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: does. this week, i had the pleasure of visiting with two brave kentucky kentuckians that recently served in iraq. they came to me directly to ask me to vote against the webb amendmentam. these kentucky ians

Jim Bunning

5:32:09 to 5:32:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: know the sacrifices that their fellow soldiers and families make. they knowno and understand the importance of rest back home. they know the strains of war. they have experience ed the heat of iraq

Jim Bunning

5:32:26 to 5:32:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: i and the tragedy of knowing that some of their fellow soldiers never made it home, but these two kentucky ians also know the intent of this amendment. they know why it is -- was offered and they don't

Jon Tester

5:32:47 to 5:33:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: want to tie the hands of the military so that we are forced to leave iraq and afghanistan before the mission is complete ed. that's why they came from lawrenceburg, kentucky, and hebr hebren, kentucky,

Jon Tester

5:32:47 to 5:38:26( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

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