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Betrayal of Trust

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We trust them to put their lives on their line every single day in Iraq. And they trusted our leaders to keep their word.



But Republicans just blocked a plan that would give our soldiers reasonable time to spend with their families before returning to war.

On Wednesday, September 19th, a proposal put forward by Senate Democrats that would have required that American troops be given as much time at home as they had spent overseas before being redeployed fell 4 votes short of the 60 needed to prevent a filibuster. [Vote 341, S Amdt. 2909 to S Amdt. 2011 to HR 1585, 9/19/07; New York Times, 9/20/07]

The proposal, introduced by Senator Webb (D-VA), would have added time between deployments, forced the withdrawal of troops on a substantially swifter timeline and protected troops from serving protracted and debilitating deployments. [New York Times, 9/20/07]
“Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal yesterday to give troops more time between combat tours…” [Bloomberg, 9/20/07]

“Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave…”[Reuters, 9/19/07]

The Republicans who brought us this awful war turned their backs on the men and women who fight it.

Only one Republican Senator voted against the joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq. [Vote 237,  HJ Res 114, 10/11/02]

Mitch McConnell. The Republicans. A betrayal of trust.

Forty-three Republican Senators, including Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), voted against the amendment to specify minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. [Vote 341, S Amdt. 2909 to S Amdt. 2011 to HR 1585, 9/19/07]

A poll released by the Lexington Herald-Leader yesterday found 55% of Kentucky voters disapproved of McConnell's position on Iraq. [Washington Post, 9/19/07]