President Obama, and the rest of the first family, were out helping homeless veterans on Thanksgiving eve. They stopped in at the Friendship Place Homeless Center in Washington D.C and spent the evening serving up meals for hungry, at-risk people. As you might have already guessed, no Republicans were seen helping homeless vets. Huge shocker, right?
Republicans will go to any length to make political footballs out of our veterans by blaming Obama for every single problem that besets them, both at home and abroad.
In the reality where everyone else lives, Republicans are the sole reason nothing gets done to help the veterans they created.
Daily KOS user War On Error, came up with this great list of veterans’ legislation blocked by Republicans, and this was only up till 2012. There have been more bills blocked since then. What’s worse is this does not even count the cuts Republicans make in programs like food stamps, that also hurt our veterans.
The rejected Bills are named:
H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act became H. R. 2875.
H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act
H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans
H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009
H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act
H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act
DETAILS OF BILLS REJECTED BY REPUBLICANS:
H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act – This bill would actually provide job security for veterans who are receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered while fighting in defense of their country. It would prohibit employers from terminating
employees who miss work while receiving treatment for a service-related disability.
H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act – This bill would provide for assistance to help veterans who are currently unemployed with their expenses while retraining for the current job market.
H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization – This bill would reauthorize programs in support of homeless veterans, to assist them with job training, counseling, and placement services through the Department of Veterans Affairs through 2014.
H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans which does nothing more than direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to include information about scholarships for veterans.
H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009 – Here’sanother bill in support of those who have fought for their country, passed by House Democrats and blocked from becoming law by Republicans.
This would increase the amount paid by the VA to disabled veterans for necessary home structural improvements from $4,100 to $6,800 for those who are more than 50 percent disabled, and from $1,200 to $2,000 who are less than 50 percent, disabled. This means, if a veteran lost the use of his legs in service of his country, the country will pay for the wheelchair ramp so that he can live at home.
By the way, the last time this ceiling was lifted was in 1992. There isn’t even a fiscal reason for being against this bill, as the total cost of this bill, according to CBO estimates, would be a “whopping” $20 million. That’s about a quarter (25 cents) per family of four.
H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act – This bill would set up a Veterans Business Center program within the Small Business Administration, which would specialize in such programs as grants for service-disabled veterans, help them develop business plans and secure business opportunities. In other words, folks, it would create jobs and offer opportunities those who have fought in defense of our country.
H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act – This bill essentially combines a number of other bills that Republicans had blocked in the Senate previously, and adds a few elements. The bill would again establish a Veterans Business Center Program; …. it would establish a Military Entrepreneurs Program; …
Republicans hate our veterans. Full stop. They loving using them for rhetoric and as a backdrop for speeches, but they will kick them to the curb if they need $100 a month in food stamps so they do not starve to death.
Watch the Obamas do more in one night to help veterans, than the entire Republican party has done in years, below:
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