NY13 Blog; Retaking NY-13 from Rep. Vito Fossella

Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fossella (and Bush) votes against allowing troops time off from war

Vito Fossella has once again voted against the interests of our troops by opposing HR 3159. The bill calls for equal time at home for troops as they have spent deployed and would prevent back to back deployments with no rest or rotation. Clearly allowing our troops time to recover and see their families after engaged in war for months on end is a threat to Vito Fossella's war in Iraq. Certainly Vito Fossella is not making any similar sacrifice, but he certainly feels qualified to split spouses, remove parents from their families all in the name of "supporting the troops."

And if it wasn't obvious, once again President Bush and Vito Fossella are coordinating their efforts and Bush has now threatened to veto this bill after Fossella's NO vote was not able to stop it.

via the Navy

It would impose, in law, specific deployment lengths and time at home between deployments. Active-duty members would have to spend at least as much time at their home station as deployed before they could be deployed again to a war zone. National Guard and reserve members would be promised they would not be deployed until they had been home at least three times the length of time of their previous deployment. The legislation allows those standards to be waived in an emergency.

"Our troops and their families are tired. They are being stressed by the continued and extended deployments. It is time for Congress to take a stand on behalf of our families and say in a clear, unequivocal voice that it is time that service members have a minimum dwell time between deployments," said Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

"The Bush administration's current strategy of multiple back-to-back deployments has stretched our military and is breaking our all-volunteer force," said Tauscher, a senior member of the committee. "If we fail to act, we do so at the expense of our military readiness. We need a posture that allows units adequate dwell time to recover, train and equip before their next assignment."

Apparently there were some formatting issues when I pasted that, sorry.

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