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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:17 PM

Senate Passes Bill Boosting Payments to Veterans.

Source: nyt/ap

The Senate has sent the White House a bill giving nearly 4 million veterans and survivors a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly benefit payments next year.

The normally routine measure was delayed for weeks because an unidentified Republican senator objected to it.

That objection was lifted, without explanation, when Congress returned this week. The Senate then acted quickly to ensure that checks issued beginning in January reflect the adjustment for the higher cost of living.

The House approved the measure in July. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/13/us/politics/ap-us-veterans-benefits-increase.html?hp&_r=0

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:22 PM

1. Good! Thanks elleng.. Surprise..the republicon obstruction

lifted!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:23 PM

2. PROGRESS!

... I wonder how many more of those babies they have on the shelf?

Proceed, Senate!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:23 PM

3. Veterans deserve this

Great News......
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Response to GETTINGTIRED (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:09 PM

10. is this for disabled vets or for career military pensions?

They both deserve it. but the way it reads, it might make some people think that all veterans get money from the government.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:25 PM

4. 1.7% is what was already given to Social Security beneficiaries. It is scandalous it took

Obama's re-election to wrench the Republican's hands from around the financial necks of veterans. Can't wait until we start dealing with the "Pentagon War Budget". No more Veterans.

And 1.7% of $1,000 is a whopping $17.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:38 PM

6. Next, passage of the vet job bill championed by Obama and Dems and stopped by the GOP.

We're going to need all the votes in the House to flip to stop obstructing measures saving lives and the dignity of those who served and those who have paid to support them.
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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:31 PM

11. "Raid" the Pentagon War Budget. But even that is mixed feelings because I know full well

that for many folk, predominately in the Red States and increasingly for women and minorities, it passes for their Jobs and Employment Plan and covers their sorry political behinds.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:42 PM

13. If the red state representatives don't change, their people will suffer. They started this.

And the agreement they signed when they thought that the GOP Teahadists would win this month, is going to cut defense enormously. They will lie and squeal, but they did it.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:25 PM

5. 1.7 percent? Does that even beat inflation?

Seeing this next to that story about that disgraced and demoted general, who will still get 200k a year, is infuriating. Better than nothing I guess.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:57 PM

7. We need to get rid of anonymous holds. n/t

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Response to eggplant (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:13 AM

18. Hear, hear! Let the bastards note their names so when they're up for re-election

their constituents can make an educated decision whether he's worthy enough to be returned to Congress.

It wouldn't surprise me if it was Rand Paul, though. That p.o.s. believes the world revolves only around him.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:04 PM

8. I want to know who the anonymous senator

was.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:33 PM

12. Yes, and every veteran and their family and friends should know. Shameful.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:09 PM

9. Ah elleng

with so many dismal posts on the site today, you are a breath of fresh air! Thank you for the post. That is great news!

We move forward!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:02 PM

14. Kudos!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:29 PM

15. COLA for veterans and a Senators hold

These Senatorial holds need to have a name attached. This procedure is used quite often for just about anything. The thing is different Senators can place a hold on the same item. Rotate the blame. Anything is welcome. Is the hold off as a result of the election?

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:58 AM

16. The Bastard Republicans opposed this...

I am so happy it got a chance again..and I know a lot of Vets who are going to look forward to this, good for them!

subarashi!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:51 AM

17. Of course the rat bastards blocked it.

Wouldn't want to give Obama a positive headline during the election.

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