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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. She said Mr. Sessions and his party colleagues had been furiously generating excuses to oppose the bill, and were now exploiting a technicality to deny thousands of veterans a shot at getting hired as police officers, firefighters and parks workers, among other things.

The bill needed 60 votes to advance. The final tally was 58 to 40, and all 40 opponents of the proposal were Republicans.

As proposals go, this should have been a no-brainer. The Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012, sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), sought to lower unemployment among military veterans, giving grants to federal, state, and local agencies, which in turn would hire veterans -- giving priority to those who served on or after 9/11 -- to work as first-responders and in conservation jobs at national parks.

The bill was fully paid for, and entirely bipartisan -- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) had his own set of ideas for the bill, and Murray incorporated all of them into her legislation.

And yet, all but five Senate Republicans voted to kill it anyway, 48 days before a national election. Even Burr sided with his party to defeat the bill, and it was filled with his provisions.

A New York Times editorial added the other day, "It makes sense for the 99 percent of Americans to find new ways to pay their debt to the 1 percent who serve in uniform. To most people, Senator Murray's bill would seem like one decent way to do that. But not if you're one of those Republicans in Washington who thinks it's more important in an election year to deny Democrats a success or accomplishment of any kind."

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up2sumptin commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 19:02 PM

I am saying this as a vet, whose father served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War; grandfather served in WWII and Korea; great grandfather in WWI and so forth all the way back to the War for Independence. You can't spend money you don't have. I would love to do a lot of things but my household budget will not allow it. We can't keep spending money we don't have. At some point we have to say no.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 19:22 PM

I believe the men and women that have served our country should enjoy the same freedom they spend their time fighting for in other countries. It is patriotic to make sure they have jobs and a place to live when they return. The Majority of our vets are unemployed because the job they did in the army- doesn't transfer to the civilian sector (it's like they never worked). This bill would have allowed them to learn a new skill and earn employment in the civilian sector.

up2sumptin commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 20:03 PM

Welcome to the battle Murr. I am not a republican, as you well know. I have always been a supporter of the government living within its means. There is.a debt cap because we cannot keep living by robbing Peter to pay Paul. The cap was voted for by both dems and rep and signed by BHO. What program do we cut to fund this especially when there id already VA representatives at each labor dept trained to assist veterans in getting a job/training.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 20:19 PM

Up2-VA representatives (DVOPS/LEVERS) are there to guide vets in the right direction and provide soft skill training. They cant refer them to training (fork-lift, Warehousing, IT, etc:)at the Technical College/Universities if there's no money available to pay for it. The DVOPS/LEVERS assist with resumes, job search and interviewing skills.

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 20:22 PM

I'm really starting to think Murr & Politics are twins! I can't wait for them to disagee on something.

up2sumptin commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 20:24 PM

What about the GI bill. It helped pay for my college. I know you can use it for other types of schools

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 20:34 PM

Up2-Most of the older veterans..didn't have an opportunity to take advantage of the GI bill. We focus a lot on the younger vets but there's still a large number of Vietnam era vets looking for work. A lot of vets discharge/retire from the military with unresolved medical/mental health issues. It may take them years to stabilize their situation (physical and mental health)-by the time they stabilize their situation the GI Bill may have expired.

up2sumptin commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 20:43 PM

Eh? My father who retired just after name waited twenty years to use the GI bill to purchase his home. He was in his sixties when he went back to school. I waited almost 10 years myself before using the GI bill to purchase my home. How much time is needed after they are d/c from service? What program(s) do we cut to fund this new program?

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 21:08 PM

UP2-You can't use the GI bill to purchase a home. You used your VA Home loan. I used to get it mixed up too.

Veterans have 10 years to use their GI bill if they qualify (not everyone was able to take advantage of this.


up2sumptin commented on Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 09:06 AM

Sorry for the mix up politics. If you have been honorably d/c why would you not be able to use your GI bill? But aside from all of that, I ask again, which program(s) do we cut to fund this?

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 14:40 PM

It would be much more intriguing to see you all post statements rather than referance something that has already been posted on the internet.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 23:57 PM

Let me shed some shining light to this proposed bill. First of all, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Lias Murkoski are RINO's. Dean Keller and Scott Brown are in tough re-election campaigns and all of them needs to go for violating the compromise in regards to the budget deficit bill passed last year. See there names voting for it here:


Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 00:12 AM

Now, here is the rest of the untold story that the Main stream media and progressives liberal democrats will not tell:


Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 00:22 AM

This is not obstructionism by Republicans as proclaimed rather politicizing by Democrats and RINO's as exposed here by violating a deal that was set by law already last year:


Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Oct 01, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Thank God for the 40 Republicans that stood with the rule of law, that had already been passed last year, instead of playing Politics!

Jasonwade74 commented on Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 14:33 PM

ha ha, I got to laugh.

Train them as first-responders (I am guessing this is Police, Fire and EMS.)

I work two full time "first-responder" jobs. One as a paramedic and the other as a firefighter, and I still have trouble making ends meet.

So, yes lets spend billions we do not have for people to make barely over min wage.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 at 19:10 PM

Politics, WRU?

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