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March 3, 2014

Senator Pat Toomey, A Friend? Of Our Veterans

Reuters reports:
U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget.
The Washington Post has more on that budget issue:
A broad Department of Veterans Affairs bill that would have expanded benefits for former service members and repealed a military pension cut for future troops was rejected in the Senate on Thursday.

The measure, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), did not garner enough Republican votes to waive a VA spending limit established under the budget Congress and President Obama approved in December. Sanders’s office estimated that his legislation, which included more than 140 provisions, would have cost $21 billion over 10 years.
And some on how Veterans' groups are reacting to a "no" vote:
Veterans groups expressed frustration with the bill’s failure, saying it fell victim to Washington’s partisan politics. The measure was four votes shy of a 60-vote threshold required for it to have advanced.

“I don’t know how anyone who voted ‘no’ today can look a veteran in the eye and justify that vote,” said Daniel M. Dellinger, national commander of the American Legion. “Our veterans deserve more than what they got today.”
A "no" vote was needed to waive the budgetary constraints an allow this bill to proceed.  Guess who voted "no" on waiving the constraints on $21 billion over ten years?

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey.

This week Senator Toomey actually sent out an email touting a picture of him (sincere face included) meeting with some members of the Disabled American Veterans - the sorts of veterans who would've been helped by the bill he voted to kill and the same group that supported the bill

The subject line of the email read "Outrageous" but I am not sure he got the full meaning of that.


Lily said...

And what else was in that bill that made it impossible to vote in favor of it? We never get the entire story with these kinds of hit pieces.

Joerodder40 said...

Toomey is no friend of veterans, never was, never will be!