DiFi, Boxer help fire salvo against Iraq escalation

California’s Democratic U.S. Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, are among 29 original co-sponsors of an amendment introduced today by Jim Webb, D-Va., constituting the first salvo of Congressional Democrats’ next effort to curb and end the Iraq war.

Webb’s amendment would increase the minimum amount of time that active and reserve military forces must spend at home between deployments; active duty troops would have to spend at least as much time at home as they spent in their last deployment, and reserve troops would have to spend three times as long at home as their last deployment. With many units forced to lengthen their deployments and redeploy in order to keep troop levels up in Iraq, this would force the Bush Administration at the very least to cut its “surge” by early next year.

This is the first amendment slated for debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets the Pentagon’s priorities for the coming year. Democrats intend to use the bill as a platform for ending the war by introducing a series of amendments; TPMmuckraker.com’s Election Central blog has a good summary of this and other imminent amendments.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.