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Sen. Coburn holds up veterans bill

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My disrespect for the GOP grows and grows. From the Center for American Progress via email:

Senate aides have revealed that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is the legislator holding up a major veterans benefits bill, the Veterans’ Caregiver and Omnibus Health Benefits Act of 2009. According to the Marine Corps. Times, "thirteen major military and veterans groups have joined forces to try to force" Coburn to remove his hold on the important legislation. Coburn refuses to lift his hold unless benefits for veterans and their families come from unspent money in economic recovery and jobs programs created in the stimulus bill. This isn’t the first time Coburn has held up veterans’ bills. Just this year, he placed two holds on veterans’ bills, holding them hostage to his other political goals. In response to Coburn’s obstructionism, veterans’ rights groups sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asking him to personally intervene to move the legislation along. Steve Robertson, legislative director for The American Legion — one of the groups trying to force Coburn to end his hold — argued that the hold was hurting veterans and their families. "For a lot of family caregivers, delay is costing them their jobs and their savings," Robertson said. Without mentioning Coburn’s name, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) denounced the hold on Tuesday. "How much is a veteran’s life worth?" Durbin asked on the Senate floor.

The GOP loves to say that it supports the troops, but what it actually means by that is that it supports sending troops off to war, ill-equipped for the mission and unsupported by diplomacy and by the GOP.

Written by LeisureGuy

5 November 2009 at 10:38 am

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