Question: On the Amendment (McCain Amdt. No. 2918 )
Vote Number: 342
Vote Date: September 19, 2007, 05:56 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5
Vote Result: Amendment Rejected
Vote Counts: YEAs-55, NAYs-45
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 2918 to S.Amdt. 2011 to H.R. 1585 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008)
Statement of Purpose: To express the sense of Congress on Department of Defense policy regarding dwell time.
The amendment is as follows:
(Purpose: To express the sense of Congress on Department of Defense policy regarding dwell time)
At the end of subtitle C of title X, add the following:
SEC. 1031. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE POLICY REGARDING DWELL TIME RATIO GOALS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM AND OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
(a) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
- the wartime demands in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) placed on the men and women of the Armed Forces, both in the regular and reserve components, and on their families and loved ones, have required the utmost in honor, courage, commitment, and dedication to duty, and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make in the defense of our nation will forever be remembered and revered;
- members of the Armed Forces who have completed combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan should be afforded as much ``dwell time'' as possible at their home stations prior to re-deployment; and
- consistent with wartime requirements, the Department of Defense should establish a force management policy for deployments of units and members of the Armed Forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom (including participation in the NATO International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)) as soon as practicable that achieves the goal of--
(A) for units and members of the regular components of the Armed Forces, providing for a period between the deployment of the unit or member that is equal to or longer than the period of the previous deployment of the unit or member;
(B) for units and members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, and particularly for units and members in the ground forces, limiting deployment if the unit or member has been deployed at any time within the three years preceding the date of the deployment; and
(C) ensuring the capability of the Armed Forces to respond to national security needs.
- That the policy would not result in extension of deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces already deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan beyond their current scheduled rotations.
- That the policy would not cause broader and more frequent mobilization of National Guard and Reserve units and members in order to accomplish operational missions.
Those Rs and Is Voting "no"
- Hagel (R-NE)
- Bayh (D-IN)
- Biden (D-DE)
- Nelson (D-FL)
- Nelson (D-NE)