How do you do things like this and not see a backlash from the voters? This is insane.
A Democratic bill designed to make numerous improvements to services for veterans failed in the Senate Thursday, a victim of the partisan gridlock and election-year acrimony that dominates the chamber.
On a largely party-line vote, 56 to 41, the measure didn’t the 60 votes it needed to clear a procedural hurdle.
Republicans inserted an amendment into the bill that had nothing to do with Veteran's benefits. They wanted to tack on legislation related to sanctions against Iran. And if that sounds like foaming-at-the-mouth crazy, that's because it is. When it comes to legislation designed to alleviate the suffering of Americans, the Republican Party will stop at nothing to derail legislation and run a knife into the ribs of the American people.
What's in the bill?
The $21 billion bill, which was written primarily by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, who chairs the veterans committee, would improve veterans’ access to health care services, and expand educational and job training programs for vets. It also aims to reduce the giant claims backlog the Department of Veterans Affairs currently faces.
Sanders argued that “we still have a very long way to go” to meet the needs of older veterans as well as the thousands of service members recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. “
“Please do not inject extraneous issues in here for totally political reasons. I think that’s unfair to American’s veterans,” Sanders said during a floor speech this week. “Let’s not kill this bill because of the same ol’, same ol’ partisan issues that we face.”
Just fucking crazy. That's all they are. Just fucking crazy.