Wednesday, in an epic display of partisan fucknuttery, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work caring for federal lands and training for local police and fire departments. This bill, roughly modeled on the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression which put people to work planting trees, building parks and constructing dams, failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to prevent it from being sent back to committee; the final vote was 58-40, and all 40 opponents of the proposal were Republican.
Much talk about this asinine stunt has been focused on the political ramifications to the Republican and Democratic parties in various senate races throughout the country, as well as the effect it will have on the Presidential election in November. The Republicans seem bent on denying the Democrats any legislative success so close to the election and at a terrible price.
As the November election draws closer, it’s important to remember who’s actually effected by this partisan game: the men and women of this country who have risked their lives for the country they love.
These are some of the crushing statistics that our veterans face upon returning from war.
We cannot continue allowing partisan politics to play out against the men and women who have served our country with honor and valor.