JOBS PLAN FOR VETS STALLS IN SENATE
By GEOFF HOLTZMAN
Talk Radio News Service
Legislation to create a Veterans Jobs Corps failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday.
Needing 60 votes to shut off debate and move to a final, simple majority vote, the bill received only 58 votes. The support of five Republicans wasn’t enough to get the bill through.
The Veterans Jobs Corps Act would have used $1 billion “to help veterans find work as police officers, firefighters, and in other jobs serving their communities.”
Democrats, including the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), said the measure would’ve been fully paid for through the collection of back taxes on Medicare providers and individuals that owe the federal government more than $50,000.
Several Republicans, however, objected to the bill, arguing that its cost violated last year’s Budget Control Act, which capped total federal discretionary spending at $1.047 trillion while Congress works on passing a new budget.
The White House reacted disappointingly to the Senate vote.
“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,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a statement.
In a statement, Murray expressed outrage at her GOP counterparts for preventing the bill from moving forward.
Murray also noted that with Congress expected to adjourn at the end of the week in order to resume campaigning for the November 6 elections, it is unlikely that the legislation will be advanced anytime soon.
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