The NY Times reports that Senate Republicans blocked a Veterans Job Corps bill yesterday:
“Veterans won’t be getting a new, billion-dollar jobs program, not from this Senate. Republicans on Wednesday afternoon blocked a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Bill after Jeff Sessions of Alabama raised a point of order — he said the bill violated a cap on spending agreed to by Congress last year. The bill’s sponsor, Patty Murray of Washington, said that shouldn’t matter, since the bill’s cost was fully offset by new revenues.
“[...] It would be easier to admire the Republicans’ late-breaking fiscal scrupulosity if their motives — denying the Obama administration any kind of victory this year, whatever the cost to jobless vets — weren’t so transparent. It’s probably useful to remind Republicans like John McCain (a “nay” on the jobs bill) that wounded, jobless and homeless veterans aren’t a fact of nature. They’re a product of the wars that Congress members voted for, the war debt they piled on, and the economy they helped ruin.”
Here is the Roll Call link:
- Of the 58 Yeas, only
25 were Republican
- Of the 40 Nays, all were Republican
***Correction*** there were five Republicans who voted for this bill: Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Olympia Snowe (Maine). – via Mother Jones ***
The greatest myth that was ever created by the media is that John McCain, “maverick” and former POW, supports our enlisted men and women.
And then this happened:
Senate Republican leaders fled their weekly press conference after delivering prepared remarks Wednesday without taking a single question from reporters eagerly seeking their thoughts on their presidential nominee’s newly unearthed remarks dismissing nearly half of American voters.
If you vote Republican, please refrain from thinking you’re patriotic or that you support our troops — that would be a lie. And if you’re in the military, or have a friend or family member in the military, take a good hard look at which party was trying to pass this bill.