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Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:05 PM

Senate GOP Blocks Veterans Jobs Bill

Source: Roll Call

Senate Republicans today defeated Democratic legislation designed to help veterans get jobs, complaining that the measure violates budget rules and is meant to score political points rather than help veterans.

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Democrats sought to waive budget rules, but the proposal failed 58-40, with most Republicans voting against it. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the procedural hurdle and push the bill toward final passage. Five Republicans - Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) - voted with all 53 members of the Democratic Conference to sidestep the procedural roadblock.

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who is in a tight race for re-election, said the GOP blocked the bill because it's a White House proposal and because he is a co-sponsor.

"They are going to kill it on a technicality," Nelson said. "That is what is going on here, and it's sad."

Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said the cost of the bill, $1 billion over five years, is offset. She noted that a vote to block the measure is tantamount to saying the nation has done enough for veterans.

"A vote to support this point of order says that despite the fact that we have paid for this bill, despite the fact that one in four young veterans are out of work, despite the fact that veterans suicides are outpacing combat deaths, and despite the fact that more and more veterans are coming home, we are not going to invest in these challenges," Murray said.


Read more: http://www.rollcall.com/news/senate_gop_blocks_veterans_jobs_bill-217685-1.html?pos=hln



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trailmonkee Sep 2012 OP
sakabatou Sep 2012 #1
jpbollma Sep 2012 #4
Stuart G Sep 2012 #2
valerief Sep 2012 #11
heaven05 Sep 2012 #3
Smilo Sep 2012 #5
nolabear Sep 2012 #6
JRLeft Sep 2012 #7
Fuddnik Sep 2012 #12
The Wielding Truth Sep 2012 #8
Wellstone ruled Sep 2012 #9
trailmonkee Sep 2012 #14
oldsarge54 Sep 2012 #10
Fuddnik Sep 2012 #13
onehandle Sep 2012 #15
muriel_volestrangler Sep 2012 #16
Marthe48 Sep 2012 #17
Stuart G Sep 2012 #18
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Sep 2012 #19
goclark Sep 2012 #20

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:09 PM

1. Does anyone know the voting break down of this? (EDIT)

I think I got it: S.3429

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:16 PM

4. how pathetic

eom

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:12 PM

2. It is what Republicans do..nothing but obstruct...nt

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 02:10 PM

11. Jobs are number one! Their jobs. They could give a shit about anyone else's. nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:14 PM

3. rethugs

again! Shafting Veterans no less. If they win a plurality this election all my sarcasm concerning the american voter will be justified.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:20 PM

5. They have no soul

"So on Monday mornings ... I've noticed I have an attitude problem," Coburn said. "I don't want to come anymore. And the reason I don't want to come anymore is because we're not doing anything to address the real problems that are in front of our country."

Hey, don't do us any favors Coburn - you can resign now - it will do you and the country good.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:25 PM

6. This should be on the lips of every Democrat in the country today.

They do not care. They simply want to use the lives of veterans to defeat Obama.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:26 PM

7. But most veterans vote republican.

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Response to JRLeft (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 02:12 PM

12. This Vietnam Era veteran has never voted for a Republican.

And never will.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 01:34 PM

9. Typical Repukes,blow the shit out of our

kids and then take the Oil and rare earth metals,and F--- over the kids when they come home. Ike was right,beware of the Military Industrial Complex. Notice the voting pattern,Brown and Heller,are in losing races,Nevada Dems (mostly Casino and food service workers)are organized baby. Their wearing their buttons and walking the talk. Lots of high fives all over Vegas and Reno.

New VA center in Vegas and this put Heller on his heels. Waiting for Ensign to bit the legal justice.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 04:01 PM

14. I wonder if they realize we can see right through them?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 02:00 PM

10. Any Legislation Could be Considered as For Scoring Political Votes

You still aren't helping the new vets. We Nam era types got crapped upon enough. We WON'T stand for it for our kids and grandkids. Does the Republican Party have any last words, or a request for a blindfold and cigarette?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 02:14 PM

13. Whining losers! Give them jobs, and they'll be wanting food next.

And healthcare!

If they cared about their country, they would have been born rich. And served in France!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 04:44 PM

15. Obama Voters: Vote Downticket. Vote Downticket. Vote Downticket. Vote Downticket...

Or expect four more years of this.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 06:53 PM

16. K&R (nt)

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 07:03 PM

17. What the hell happened to the simple majority?

It is ridiculous that the Senate seems to require a 'super majority' for every freaking thing that passes--it is to protect against a fillibuster, right? Is every bill going to be subject to fillibuster? Is there that much hot air in the Senate? Cut us a break and get rid of cloture.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 07:37 PM

18. Tom Coburn says we cannot afford 200 million a year..over 5 years for this bill..

200 million out of a budget of hudreds of billions a year...we cannot afford it this asshole says..John McCain voted against this one..
How can these people say the U.S.A. cannot afford to help vets...so what the hell it is an election year..
Every single vet in this country sould vote against these jerks..

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 11:42 AM

19. So much for patriotism.

How many of these who voted no ever served in the military?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 12:28 PM

20. That should be an Obama ad blast k and r

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