Senate Republicans kill veterans jobs bill

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GOP JustCares About Money

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Sep 19, 2012
In their short work week before heading out of town, Senate Republicans decided to give the finger to veterans, using a procedural vote to kill the Veterans Jobs Corp Act, 58-40.

The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others.
The unemployment rate for Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War II-era Veterans—those who would have most benefitted from the bill—is now at 10.9 percent, but Republicans blocked this bill because they don't want anything that could remotely help anyone to happen under President Obama's watch.
That, and they don't really give a shit about veterans, much like Mitt Romney, who called the men and women fighting in Afghanistan items on a laundry list.

That's just how Republicans are.


1:34 PM PT: The White House responds:


No veteran who fought for our nation should have to fight for a job at home, but Republicans in Washington are blocking a common sense plan to create the Veterans Jobs Corps and put tens of thousands of veterans back to work.

Working with Democrats and Republicans in Congress, the Obama Administration has already made real progress to help veterans find jobs. We passed tax credits to encourage employers to hire veterans and released new tools to connect veterans with employers. And thanks to the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative, more than 2,000 businesses have hired or trained more than 125,000 veterans and military spouses in the past year. But we can do more and Senate Republicans should not block legislation that includes many of their ideas and stand between veterans and good jobs protecting and preserving America.
goose

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 20, 2012
I find it deplorable that the Republicans don't back the American heroes that put their lives on the line for our country. How unpatriotic!
Goose

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Sep 20, 2012
goose wrote:
I find it deplorable that the Republicans don't back the American heroes that put their lives on the line for our country. How unpatriotic!
The only good job is a government job. Anyone without a government job is sucking services without paying their fair share.

“I'm the one and only Smart Chi”

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#4 Sep 21, 2012
In their short work week before heading out of town, Senate Republicans decided to give the finger to veterans, using a procedural vote to kill the Veterans Jobs Corp Act, 58-40.

Typical Republicans.
goose

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 24, 2012
The Republicans flat out said that they don't care about the 47% that doesn't pay taxes, and that included veterans.

“I'm the one and only Smart Chi”

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#6 Sep 24, 2012
I find it deplorable that the Republicans don't back the American heroes that put their lives on the line for our country. How unpatriotic!
informed citizen

Mount Hope, WV

#7 Sep 25, 2012
How many programs are needed? How many can we afford? There are already 6 veteran retraining programs.

And in other news $1.8 billion in grants has been announced to retrain WV miners. How about this - stop regulations that close down mines so they can work and pay into the economy instead of putting workers on unemployment and government hand-outs.
Suburban Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Sep 25, 2012
informed citizen wrote:
How many programs are needed? How many can we afford? There are already 6 veteran retraining programs.
And in other news $1.8 billion in grants has been announced to retrain WV miners. How about this - stop regulations that close down mines so they can work and pay into the economy instead of putting workers on unemployment and government hand-outs.
Divert and deflect - typical wingnut ploy.

HERE is the real truth:

In their short work week before heading out of town, Senate Republicans decided to give the finger to veterans, using a procedural vote to kill the Veterans Jobs Corp Act, 58-40.

The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others.

The unemployment rate for Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War II-era Veterans—those who would have most benefitted from the bill—is now at 10.9 percent, but Republicans blocked this bill because they don't want anything that could remotely help anyone to happen under President Obama's watch.

That, and they don't really give a shit about veterans, much like Mitt Romney, who called the men and women fighting in Afghanistan items on a laundry list.

“Don't get me started”

Since: Jul 09

Minneapolis

#9 Sep 25, 2012
The good news is that the republican obstructionists are doing everything that they can to put themselves out of office. Now it is up to the voters to provide them with the consequences they are asking for.
informed citizen

Mount Hope, WV

#10 Sep 26, 2012
Suburban Mom wrote:
<quoted text>
Divert and deflect - typical wingnut ploy.
HERE is the real truth:
In their short work week before heading out of town, Senate Republicans decided to give the finger to veterans, using a procedural vote to kill the Veterans Jobs Corp Act, 58-40.
The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others.
The unemployment rate for Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War II-era Veterans—those who would have most benefitted from the bill—is now at 10.9 percent, but Republicans blocked this bill because they don't want anything that could remotely help anyone to happen under President Obama's watch.
That, and they don't really give a shit about veterans, much like Mitt Romney, who called the men and women fighting in Afghanistan items on a laundry list.
Can you not read and comprehend? There are already six (6) programs for veterans. There are spending agreements already in effect, it's getting close to election day and liberals want to make conservatives either vote more spending or stand their ground & reject more spending and chance "headlines" that Republicans don't care.

Do you have military/veterans in your family? I do & they are concerned about this administration's cutting of their current pay and insurance benefits. There are already programs for veterans - veterans get employment priority status in hiring in a great deal of job opportunities. They have the GI bill education benefits and GI Loan opportunties. This vote was purely election time theatrics.
D Face

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 26, 2012
Divert and deflect - typical wingnut ploy.

HERE is the real truth:

In their short work week before heading out of town, Senate Republicans decided to give the finger to veterans, using a procedural vote to kill the Veterans Jobs Corp Act, 58-40.

The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others.

The unemployment rate for Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War II-era Veterans—those who would have most benefitted from the bill—is now at 10.9 percent, but Republicans blocked this bill because they don't want anything that could remotely help anyone to happen under President Obama's watch.

That, and they don't really give a shit about veterans, much like Mitt Romney, who called the men and women fighting in Afghanistan items on a laundry list.
Connie Hardgrove

Ocala, FL

#12 Sep 30, 2012
That doesn't sound quite as bad as Obama calling the killing of our ambassador and his security team, "bumps in the road". Seriously? Thank, God, the Republicans do care about money or else Obama wouldn't have any vote buying funds so that the food stamp loving, cradle to grave entitlement society can continue to rob those of us who work and give it to welfare queens to get massages and read a book.
Smart Liberal

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Oct 1, 2012
HERE is the real truth:

In their short work week before heading out of town, Senate Republicans decided to give the finger to veterans, using a procedural vote to kill the Veterans Jobs Corp Act, 58-40.

The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others.

The unemployment rate for Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War II-era Veterans—those who would have most benefitted from the bill—is now at 10.9 percent, but Republicans blocked this bill because they don't want anything that could remotely help anyone to happen under President Obama's watch.

That, and they don't really give a shit about veterans, much like Mitt Romney, who called the men and women fighting in Afghanistan items on a laundry list.
Smart Liberal

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Oct 2, 2012
The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others.

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