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Republicans Turn Their Backs on our Veterans...Again

There is a time for politics and then there is a time to help, and now is the time to help our returning Veterans.



Talk is cheap and when it comes to funding federal programs
intended to benefit our returning Veterans, Republicans are even cheaper. It is unconscionable
for the Republicans to sing their own praises on how “they” support our Vets
but at the same time consistently obstruct and veto programs intended to help
our returning servicemen and women.  


Republicans on Capitol Hill are the biggest culprits. In FY
2009, they voted against providing our troops in harm’s way in Iraq and
Afghanistan with everything they need during the remainder of FY 2009, such as
$1.9 billion more that was requested for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)
vehicles to protect our troops. In 2010, they voted against providing special
$500 payments for every month that 185,000 service members and veterans were
forced to serve under stop-loss orders since September 11, 2001. Again in 2012,
29 Republicans voted (Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch did not vote) against
restoring our nation’s military readiness by funding the Army’s and Marine
Corps’ equipment reset requirements, giving the military a 3.4 percent pay
raise, and expanding and strengthening health care services.  Republicans also voted against extending the
New GI Bill college benefits to all children of service members who have died
on active duty since 9-11-01.  Republicans voted against ensuring that
activated military reservists do not suffer a pay cut by providing a tax credit
for small businesses employers who continue to pay their National Guard and
Reserve employees when they are called up to serve.


Now yesterday, the Republicans blocked a
jobs bill for Veterans on the floor of the Senate. (http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/250391-gop-kills-veterans-jobs-bill-with-budget-vote).



Support for our Vets must mean more than just a pat on the back;
we need to support our Veterans with our generosity as a grateful nation. They
did multiple tours, left their spouse and children, and sacrificed everything  for our nation and all the GOP wants to give
them in return for their service is “lip” service , but no real thank you, just
partisan politics. There is a time for politics and then there is a time to help, and now is the time to help our returning Veterans.



http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2012/09/19/senate-republicans-block-murrays-1-billion-veterans-jobs-bill/



http://thewall.com/topics/44424-senate-republicans-kill-veterans-jobs-bill



http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2012/09/19/senate-republicans-block-murrays-1-billion-veterans-jobs-bill/



http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/vet-jobs-bill-fails-in-senate-caught-in-hill-battle/2012/09/19/9d35a104-0292-11e2-91e7-2962c74e7738_story.html

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A Resident September 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Here Bob.... Now yesterday, the Republicans blocked a jobs bill for Veterans on the floor of the Senate. (http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/250391-gop-kills-veterans-jobs-bill-with-budget-vote). Follow (and read) your own link....it tells you what procedure was not followed and why.
Bob Griffiths September 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Come on neo-cons, you want to comment on the blog,,,go ahead,,,comment, but this GOP garbage that you are throwing around has nothing what-so-ever to do with our returning Veterans. Let me ask you this, how long are you going to run from yourselves? You’re running FROM your past record of indifference toward our Veterans, more than you are running against President Obama.
A Resident September 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM
How long do comments stay as "pending approval"? And who gives the approval? Mine from yesterday is hitting 12 hours....
Nancy September 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Bob, I feel sorry that the kool aid drinkers just don't get it and never will.
bayboat September 29, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Bob when will you acknowledge the Democrats horrific treatment of our vets? When will you stop running from the Democrats very well documented unsavory history on this issue?

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