House Republicans have voted down a bill that would help our VETS in the job arena! Being a VETERAN means that you and your family have paid the ultimate sacrifice to our country. And this is the way the GOP treats you! How sad and vicious. The GOP are traitors! They are un-American! They are not worthy to lead! Now the GOP blocks the Veterans Jobs Bill!! God bless every VETERAN- know that some of us are proud of you- we thank you and we stand with you.
Where is the money and support for Veteran’s Job Programs? One thing is for sure, it is not going to support our warriors when they return home! There needs to be much better oversight into how these funds are managed and accounted for. Do we need an investigation/audit to determine where all the money is going?
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country's federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments.
Republicans said 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.
Supporters loosely modeled their proposal after the 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. They 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 as great as unemployed veterans, this is not the time to draw a technical line on the budget," said Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the bill's lead sponsor.
Democratic officials did not have an estimate for how many veterans would be hired as a result of the legislation. 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 the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 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.
The advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America denounced the vote.
"This bill was smart bipartisan policy that would put veterans back into service for their communities as policemen, firefighters and first responders," the group's founder and chief executive, Paul Rieckhoff, said in statement. "The result of today's vote creates tremendous doubt that this Congress will be able to pass any additional veterans legislation in 2012. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans should not have to wait until 2013 for critical support from Congress."
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.
Dean Heller said, "After everything our veterans have done for us, the least we can do is to make sure they are afforded every opportunity to thrive here at home,” Heller also said he was “proud to support the bill”.
Here is the List of the 40 Republicans that voted “NO” to the Veterans Job Bill and who voted to keep America’s veterans unemployed:
Mark Kirk and James Inhofe did not vote.
If any two of the Republicans on this list would have decided to put our veterans first, this bill could have moved forward. Instead, Senate Republicans thanked veterans by denying them jobs.
It is for this reason that we are calling for a Watergate type investigation of the 40 Republicans (including John McCain and Lindsey Graham) who voted “NO” on the Veteran’s Job’s Bill.
Please sign the Petition! Thank you for supporting our Veteran’s. Let’s fight to give them the Veteran’s Job’s Bill.
Anthony P. Johnson
Terri L. Willmott