STATEMENT OF SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER ON TWO TROOP DEPLOYMENT AMENDMENTS

Posted on September 20, 2007

“To preserve our All Volunteer Force, our goal should be to give the troops at least as much time here at home as they spend deployed abroad,” Alexander said. “But setting that goal in stone would handcuff the commanders of this or future conflicts, and could lead to even longer tours for those already deployed in Iraq.” Senator Alexander voted against the amendment by Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.), that would have mandated troop deployment limits. The final vote count was 56 to 44. Senator Alexander voted in favor of the amendment by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) that would recognize troop deployment limits as a goal while respecting command flexibility. The final vote count for Senator McCain’s amendment was 55 to 45. By unanimous consent each amendment required 60 votes for approval.