Thursday, September 20, 2007
Webb amendment defeated ... John Warner voted against it
Stating concern from senior military officials, Sen. John Warner led the charge in defeating Jim Webb's amendment that would have required more rest time for troops between deployments. In a vote of 56-44, less than the 60 votes needed, Sen. John McCain vigorously argued for its defeat stating it was unconstitutional and would "emasculate this surge" in Iraq. While Webb's heart may have been in the right place, the general consensus was the issue needed to be in the hands of the military, not in the hands of legislators.