Friday, August 3, 2007

Why does Don Manzullo hate our troops?

If Democratic challenger Bob Abboud doesn't hit Republican incumbent Don Manzullo (of the 16th Congressional District in Illinois) with stuff like this, I doubt that he can win.

The House voted 229-194 yesterday in favor of a bill that would require active duty forces to be guaranteed that their time at home match the length of their deployment. National Guard and reservists would be home for three times the length of the deployments.

The bill would allow the president to waive these requirements to meet the national security needs of the country, and allow service chiefs of staff to allow for the voluntary mobilization of members. These requirements would apply to those serving in Iraq.

The bill also expresses a sense of the Congress that the goal for the time between deployments for regular components should be one year deployed to two years at home station, and the goal for the reserve components should be one year deployed to five years at home station.

Manzullo voted against this measure.

By the way, the bill now goes to the Senate, where it previously was supported by a majority of members but was blocked by a Republican filibuster.

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