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GOP kills military veteran jobs bill

Sep 20, 2012

The Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, or S.3457, would have funded a military veterans’ job program, placing vets in police, firefighting and national park forces, amongst other jobs. On September 11th, the GOP joined with Democrats to vote to move forward with the bill (95 yeas, 5 nays). Now, a little over a week later, the GOP has turned against S.3457—a bill that would serve our serviceman.

Is this not the perfect example of legislative obstructionism? Any time Obama and the Democrats are on the verge of getting the GOP behind something, the obstructionists about-face and claim it’s a budget buster.

The bill was sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (Florida) and Patty Murray (Washington). After the bill failed to muster the supermajority to force a full Senate floor vote, Murray stated:

This vote is stark reminder that Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans are willing to do absolutely anything to fulfill the pledge he made nearly two years ago to defeat President Obama. It doesn’t matter who gets in their way or which Americans they have to sacrifice in that pursuit, even if it’s our nation’s veterans.”

As quintessential electoral and obstructionist politics, this puts the GOP in a whole new class of shame.

Stars & Stripes, the military’s newspaper, wrote in response to the GOP’s political maneuvering:

Last week, Democratic leaders inserted several Republican-backed provisions into the legislation in an effort to generate widespread support for the measure, including rules requiring states to recognize military experience in their hiring processes, establishing national credentialing rules for veterans and expanding post-military job training programs.

Republicans are constantly going on about supporting the troops, yet they can’t even stomach $1 billion to give our soldiers jobs when their unemployment rate is around 8%. The sentiment seems to be, “Go secure capitalism’s foothold abroad, sons and daughters, but when you get home you can go fuck off.”

Read the full bull over at OpenCongress.org.

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