Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) introduced legislation 9/9 "aimed at easing the financial burden" of reservists on active duty, the day after the Army told thousands that "their time in Iraq would be extended to a full year." Kerry's plan "would give tax credits to small businesses to use for subsidizing the pay of workers who had been called to serve, and to hire" temp replacements. Kerry: "This tax credit is critical to immediately help the families of reservists while they serve our nation" (AP, 9/9).