James Webb, D-Va., a take-charge senator who in just his second year conceived and negotiated passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, made clear Wednesday he will continue to influence issues that impact on the lives of servicemembers, retirees, reservists and their families.
Webb has more leverage now as the new chairman of the Senate armed services’ personnel subcommittee. He also has more knowledge of — and curiosity about — military people and policy than arguably anyone in Congress.
At his first hearing, Webb called as witnesses the four political appointees who have day-to-day control of personnel policy in the Pentagon.
Webb promised “continuous and active oversight of all our military personnel matters through hearings, through consideration of the Department of Defense budget and legislative proposals, and also through day-to-day interaction with you and people who work with you.”
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