Really? How can the party that brags about how it supports the troops vote down a bill for jobs for veterans? Liberals have long been accused of not supporting the military…even of being anti-military, and yet it was the Republicans who voted down the jobs bill for veterans. The Republicans had no trouble starting and supporting the war in Iraq and using their support of the war as a badge of honor for their patriotism, and yet, they can’t approve a bill for jobs for the veterans they sent to war?
We saw the lack of care for veterans when the Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal blew up in 2007 and maybe many of us dismissed that scandal as an aberration but it wasn’t, unfortunately. The conditions at Walter Reed were exposed as early as 2004, but nothing was done until the Bush administration was shamed into doing something. And here, once again, we have a blatant and inexcusable dismissal of the needs of veterans by Republicans.
What will it take for the Republicans to actually put their votes where there mouths are?
Forty Republican members of the United States Senate betrayed veterans today when decided that denying President Obama a victory was more important than spending $1 billion to create jobs for vets.
The Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012 would have spent $1 billion over five years to put veterans to work tending to federal lands, and in the nation’s police and fire departments. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) based her plan of FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), but Republicans opposed the bill because they said there is no proof that it would work.
Here are the 40 Republicans who voted to keep America’s veterans unemployed,