GOP Blocks Jobs for Veterans. Goes On Vacation.

Yes — I repeat — congress is going on vacation for another two months, but before they leave Senate Republicans managed to block passage of the Veterans Job Corps Bill.

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 vote was 58-40; the bill needed 60 votes to proceed.

Even John McCain voted no. He should be ashamed.

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  • Nefercat

    “Even John McCain voted no. ” Even?!

    For years, John McCain has routinely voted against measures that would benefit veterans.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Very true. It’s one consistent point in Mr Maverick’s record. He’s never passed up an opportunity to screw over veterans.

      • agrazingmoose

        Well, really. They should all marry heiresses of beer fortunes!

        • Brutlyhonest

          He is pro-defense industry, not pro-military.

          The comments about this from rwnj true-believers at military.com are about how Sen Murray should be ashamed of herself for trying to politicize veteran’s benefits.

          • Sabyen91

            Thank you sir, may I have another?

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Anybody know Saxby Chambliss voted?