GOP Senators blocked
Here’s the New York Times version:
Eager to shoot down President Obama’s legislative agenda just weeks before the election, Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a measure that would have provided $1 billion over five years to help veterans find work in their communities.
Oh, yes. Republicans hate veterans! Continuing. . .
The measure, which would have potentially created jobs for up to 20,000 veterans, was blocked on a procedural point by Republicans, who argued that the bill was unpaid for. Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and the bill’s main sponsor, said the bill would have covered the costs in part with fees on Medicare providers and suppliers who are delinquent on their tax bills.
The procedural vote was 58 to 40; 60 votes would have been required to waive Republican objections.
The bill was opposed, by, among others, Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, who said he believed the bill duplicated existing job programs for veterans that are not well run, and Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who has been seeking amendments on bills that would cut off funding to Egypt and to Pakistan until Pakistan freed Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the United States find Osama bin Laden.
You can read the whole thing here, but you won’t find any commentary from a Republican as to why. Here’s Sen. Coburn, from an appearance on MSNBC this morning, going into more detail of his vote to block the bill:
“If in fact we’re going to address the economic problems in this country, you have to quit playing felonious accounting with what you’re doing, which is exactly what that bill did,” Coburn said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It violated the Budget Control Act … it’s exactly the same kind of, pardon my word, crap, that Congress has done for years and does another. It was a gimmick and we knew it was a gimmick as far as getting around the spending. It’s time for us to start acting responsible.
“We have six government veterans jobs programs now and nobody knows if they’re working,” Coburn continued. “We’re spending a billion dollars a year on it and we were going to create another one that was supposed to be temporary.”
Now, is what Coburn said at all consistent with the NYT? Of course not.