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one_voice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:50 PM
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Senate Republicans block measure to provide additional benefits to homeless veterans.
Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) brought her bill the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Act to the Senate floor seeking unanimous consent. Murray said the bill would expand assistance for homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children and would increase funding and extend federal grant programs to address the unique challenges faced by these veterans. However, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected on behalf of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to this seemingly non-controversial issue:

McCONNELL: Madam president, reserving the right to object and I will have to object on behalf of my colleague Sen. Coburn from Oklahoma. He has concerns about this legislation, particularly as he indicates in a letter that Ill ask the Senate to appear on the record that it be paid for up front so that the promises that makes the Veterans are in fact kept. So madam president I object.

This is pretty low, even for Republicans, the Washington Monthlys Steve Benen said. While Murray pledged to continue to fight for the bills passage, Majority Leader Harry Reids (D-NV) spokesperson said Republicans have their priorities backwards according to them, its OK to give tax breaks to CEOs who send American jobs overseas, but not to help out-of-work Americans and homeless veteran.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/29/gop-homeless-vetera... /

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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:52 PM
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1. God, I hate those fucking pigs.
If there were a God, there wouldn't be any repukes.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:52 PM
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2. Old GOP tactic: Kill the poor
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:56 PM
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3. And yet, Red-staters will continue to vote republican because they "support the troops"
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Blue Meany Donating Member (986 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:56 PM
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4. A friend of mine who worked for the VA characterised their
approach has giving just enough help the vets can get up, and then yanking it away so they fall back down.
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Blue Meany Donating Member (986 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:57 PM
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5. Of course, they are being very forward looking...
If we actually take care of our vets and factor that cost into the cost of war, we might not be willing to go to war at the drop of a hat anymore. We gotta' keep the cost of war manageable.
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:59 PM
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6. But they support our military don't they
I mean look at the MSM that says this every day, day in and day out. And I have searched google and bing and can't find one time that any of the republicans asked for funding for any project bush wanted to be paid for up front. Look at the way they hid the cost of the wars. It was not included in the deficit. That's why this administration has such a huge amount in deficit. the republicans screwed over the grand totals.
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