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Senate Proceeding on Sep 19th, 2007 :: 5:32:47 to 5:38:26
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Jim Bunning

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

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

Jon Tester

5:33:05 to 5:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: to ask me to oppose the webb amendment. it's not congress' role to mandate individual soldiers and ' and unit deployment. i know the democrats like to try to micromanage war, but i'm not the commander

Jon Tester

5:33:19 to 5:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: in chief and neither are any of my colleagues across the aisle. i want to remind everybody of this in this body. if you want to truly support our troops, then vote against the webb amendment.

Jon Tester

5:33:41 to 5:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: it was defeated two months ago on the senate floor, and i can only hope that it will be defeat defeated again today. thank you, mr. president, and i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the

Jon Tester

5:33:53 to 5:34:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: presiding officer: the senator from -- the senator from e montana is recognized. mr. tester: mr. president, i want to thank you. i rise in support of the webb amendment. i am please ed to be a cosponsor

Jon Tester

5:34:10 to 5:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: of this amendment. much has been made about this amendment and the well-being of our troops and their families. make no mistake, this amendment is about ensure ing that we do not do permanent damage

Jon Tester

5:34:25 to 5:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: to the military's most valuable asset, its people. congress must make the health and well-being of our men and women overseas a priority. we know that multiple deployments with short periods of rest back

Jon Tester

5:34:43 to 5:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: home raises the incidence of prm ptsd. studies have shown that the likelihood of a soldier being diagnosed with ptsd rises by 50% when he or she is on their second or their deployment. -- or third

Jon Tester

5:34:54 to 5:35:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: deployment. we know multiple deployments are cause ing a massive strain on our junior officer corps. earlier this year, the army's deputy chief of staff told congress that these officers are getting

Jon Tester

5:35:08 to 5:35:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: out of the army at near nearly double the rate that the army says is acceptable. and that is why until this war we have always given our active duty soldiers a ratio of two days at home for every day

Jon Tester

5:35:25 to 5:35:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: in combat for active duty. and we've always given the national guard and reserve five days at home for every day in combat. that has been the standard until this war. that is why the national military

Jon Tester

5:35:38 to 5:35:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: family association supports this amendment, that's why the national military officers association of america supports this amendment. the military officers association says, and i i quote -- "if we're

Jon Tester

5:36:17 to 5:36:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: to continue to have the strongest military in the world not only today, not only six months from now, but six years from now as well. the good news is is that we have a strong military. i represent

Jon Tester

5:36:31 to 5:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: 3,500 air force personnel, more than 300 of whom are serve ing in iraq and other places around the world today. i represent another 3,600 national guards national guardsmen, many who have spent a

Jon Tester

5:36:42 to 5:36:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: tour or two in iraq iraq. i can tell you that these people are the best in the world at what they do and i'm proud to represent them, but the bad news is that what i'm hearing is that we're in danger

Jon Tester

5:36:56 to 5:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: of losing too many young leaders in our military today who are leading a platoon, but who we will be re relying on to lead brigades and entire divisions in the future. mr. president, i know that some

Jon Tester

5:37:08 to 5:37:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: people on both sides of the aisle have raise ed the question on how this measure will impact the schedule for the surge that general petraeus has outlined. the fact is that even if this amendment becomes

Jon Tester

5:37:20 to 5:37:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: law, the pentagon would still have another four months to prepare important for the change in policy, and if there is a national mention, there's an opportunity for even more time. the fact is this amendment

Jon Tester

5:37:33 to 5:37:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: will have a much greater impact on tomorrow's military than what it will impact on the military surge. i believe that we need the webb amendment to ensure that we maintain a strong military today

Jon Tester

5:37:45 to 5:37:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: today, tomorrow, and for years to come. and i want to congratulate senator webb for this amendment. . mr. president, this has been a good debate. for the most part, it's within thoughtful and respectful.fu

Jon Tester

5:37:56 to 5:38:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: there have been differences of -- it's been thoughtful and respectful. there have been differences of opinion, but it's time to let this measure have an honest vote before the senate. let's not simply

Jon Tester

5:38:06 to 5:38:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: debate whether to debate this amendment. let's have an up-or-down vote on the measure. our troops, their families and the american people deserve nothing less. mr. president, i yield the floor floor.

Jon Tester

5:38:14 to 5:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: mr. lieberman: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut has i believe 14 minutes. mr. lieberman: i thank the chair ha chair. mr. president, i rise respectfully to speak

Joseph Lieberman

5:38:26 to 5:38:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: against the amendment offered by my colleague from virginia. mr. president, let me put this in context as i see it one week ago, the commander of our military forces in iraq and our top diplomat

Joseph Lieberman

5:38:26 to 5:53:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

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