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Senate Republicans block veterans’ jobs bill?

As only the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) members of the U.S. Senate could do, they blocked legislation establishing a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country’s federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments claiming the spending authorized in the bill violated limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of the 60-vote majority needed to waive the objection, forcing the legislation back to committee.

The legislation was reportedly based after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps used during the Great Depression to put people to work planting trees, building parks and constructing dams. Democrats said the latest monthly jobs report, showing a nearly 11 percent unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, merited action from Congress.

“(With) a need so great as unemployed veterans, this is not the time to draw a technical line on the budget,” said Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Republicans said the effort to help veterans was noble, but the bill was flawed nevertheless.

Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said the federal government already has six job-training programs for veterans and there is no way to know how well they are working. He argued making progress on the country’s debt was the best way to help veterans in the long-term, meaning somewhere in a mystical future when Republicans have magically regained the White House – so, obviously somewhere outside of four years.

“We ought to do nothing now that makes the problem worse for our kids and grandkids,” Coburn said.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said much would depend upon the number of applicants. She noted that more than 720,000 veterans are unemployed across the nation, including 220,000 veterans who have served since Sept. 11. She said putting veterans back to work was the cost of war.

“Instead of meeting us halfway, we have been met with resistance. Instead of saying yes to the nearly 1 million unemployed veterans, it seems some on the other side have spent the last week and a half seeking any way to say no,” Murray said.

Reportedly, a handful of Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to waive the objection to the bill: Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Dean Heller of Nevada, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Maine’s Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

“After everything our veterans have done for us, the least we can do is make sure they are afforded every opportunity to thrive here at home,” Heller said.

And the senator is right, unfortunately Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to do nothing that might help re-elect the president, so screw the veterans. This program was 100% paid for and the GOTP senators ignored that, and ignored our nation’s veterans (once again). Thanks for defending us, so sorry you’re unemployed, pick yourselves up and stop being part of the 47% Romney was talking about.

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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in 2012 Election, Veteran's


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No tax extension for you!

Once more, the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) members of Congress have proven who they work for, and it’s not the American people, at least not the 99% who aren’t uber rich. The Senate failed to pass an extension of a payroll tax cut, leaving in limbo a break that saved working class households about $1,000 a piece this year.

According to the Huffington Post, while Democrats sought to extend and expand the break, while paying for it with a 3.25 percent surtax on incomes over $1 million, just one Senate Republican, Maine’s Susan Collins, voted for the middle class break, which died 51 to 49 in an unsuccessful effort to end a Republican filibuster.

“I am extremely disappointed that Republicans’ insistence on protecting millionaires from paying a penny more in taxes has blocked our effort to extend and expand the payroll tax cut for millions of middle class families and small business owners,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

One bright shining silver lining in this dark cloud is that moments after defeating the Democratic plan a GOTP version of the measure was blocked not only by Democrats but by a majority of the GOTP senators too.

Why did Democrats oppose it? Well for starters it was too small of a break — and it was supposedly going to be paid for on the backs of 200,000 federal workers who would be handed pink slips.

“Tonight’s votes highlight a sharp contrast between the two parties: Democrats voted to put more money in the pockets of the middle class families who need it most, while Republicans would only support a bill that exacts a price from middle class workers while protecting the wealthiest Americans,” Murray, the fourth-ranking Democrat, said.

A second bright shining silver lining was when Democratic Senators pointed to the defection of Republicans from the GOTP bill as an embarrassment for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’d been predicting there’d be support for some sort of payroll tax cut extension.

“Republicans spent this week trying to convince us that they support middle class tax cuts, but tonight a majority of Senate Republicans voted against their own bill -– calling into question whether they support middle class tax cuts at all,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The President quickly pointed out how the GOTP was sticking it to the middle class, “Tonight, Senate Republicans chose to raise taxes on nearly 160 million hardworking Americans because they refused to ask a few hundred thousand millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share,” he said. “That is unacceptable. It makes absolutely no sense to raise taxes on the middle class at a time when so many are still trying to get back on their feet.”

It’s difficult to fathom how the GOTP thinks sticking up for the wealthiest 1% while sticking it to everyone else is going to win any votes in 2012; McConnell’s always said it’s his first priority to make President Obama a one term president, but it’s very likely the President will win re-election, that the Democratic party will regain the House and in all probability extend its majority in the Senate. If you’re a Democrat running for the House, or Senate, all you have to do is point out this past year’s collection of GOTP protectionism of the wealthy while throwing everyone else under the bus; if you say it enough it will eventually stick.

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in 2012 Election


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