Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Rested, Trained and Equipped

Sitting in the emergency spending bill for Iraq bill sits this section:

Sec. 1901. (a) Congress finds that it is Defense Department policy that units should not be deployed for combat unless they are rated "fully mission capable". (b) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this or any other Act may be used to deploy any unit of the Armed Forces to Iraq unless the chief of the military department concerned has certified in writing to the Committees on Appropriations and the Committees on Armed Services at least 15 days in advance of the deployment that the unit is fully mission capable.

The bill will soon be marked up in the Appropriations committee, on which Jim Walsh has a vote. So we need to ask, does Mr. Walsh support requiring that all troops are properly rested, trained and equipped before being sent to Iraq?


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