Mr. President, please put our veterans' jobs bill back on the table.
Eager to shoot down President Obama's legislative agenda just weeks before the election, Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would have provided $1 billion over five years to help veterans find work in their communities. The measure, which would have potentially created jobs for our veterans, was blocked on a procedural point.
It's both shocking and shameful that Republicans chose to kill a bill to put America's veterans back to work.
At a time when one in four young veterans is unemployed Republicans should have been able, for just this once, to put aside the politics of obstruction and to help our service men and women provide for themselves and their families. Some Republicans, five of whom voted for the bill, also seemed disappointed about the failure of legislation that had the veneer of bipartisan support.
These men and women have worn our uniform, shouldered the burden and faced unthinkable dangers in forward areas during a very dangerous time.
This Congress let partisan bickering stand in the way of putting thousands of America's heroes back to work. Lowering veteran unemployment is something both parties should be able to agree on.
Frank Hairston, Ravenna Township