US Senate sinks to a new low – Holding Veterans hostage


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Republicans derailed veteran benefits bill over Iran sanctions

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They bring shame on the halls of Congress
They bring shame on the halls of Congress

[ Editors Note:  Well, once again, just when you think that Congress cannot sink any lower, they up and prove us wrong. They have lived with low ratings as an institution so long now that it just does not faze them any more.

We have a blatant ploy by the Republicans to attach new Iran sanctions legislation to a Veteran health care funding bill, and another to help deal with the military rape crisis by taking prosecution out of military hands.

The dummies then think they can tag Obama for being anti-veteran and pro-rape when he vetoes the bills over the sanctions rider.

So you folks know what to do with the dirt bags. Call and let them know what you feel about such tactics in this day and age, and if they have thought of a change of occupation. They are betting the sheepeople will not get too riled up. It will be interesting to see if they have arranged for the major Vet service orgs to stand down on this.

I would be hesitant to place a bet that they would do the right thing , as the Vet org leadership has been known to do the pooch in situations like this. As long as the mainline orgs don’t raise much hell, the Pols figure they can weather the troops that are unhappy.

If they get through this attempt without getting beat up by their constituents, I promise you that we will see more of the same in the future. They are testing us in an election year to see how angry we are, and if we are, is it all talk and no action. It’s time to treat them like they treat us. “Do unto others… Jim W. Dean ]



–  First published February 27, 2014  –


Republican lawmakers in the US Senate derailed a $21 billion bill to expand benefits for veterans and their families on Thursday over new sanctions against Iran.

The Senate Republicans, who wanted to attach an amendment to the bill that would impose new sanctions against Iran, used a procedural move to block the legislation and Democrats in the upper chamber of US Congress failed to secure 60 votes needed to keep the bill moving forward on a procedural budget vote.

The legislation could have provided $21 billion for medical, education, and job-training benefits for American veterans and their families.

“I thought that maybe, just on this issue, this Senate could come together and do the right thing for our veterans,” said Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders. “I am going to keep going on this. We are not going to give up on our veterans,” added the independent senator from Vermont.

Jerry Moron
Jerry Moron

Earlier this week, Republican  from Kansas also blocked a vote on military sexual assault legislation, saying an amendment on sanctions against Iran had to be added to the bills.

The legislation called for the removal of sexual assault cases in the US military from the chain of command in order to encourage victims to report the crimes.

The Senate GOP’s push for new sanctions against Iran comes as US President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that he would veto any new anti-Iran sanctions passed by Congress.

Secretary of State John Kerry also said on Wednesday that the US must pursue negotiations with Iran instead of taking any action that could lead to war.

“That is an obligation we have as leaders to exhaust all the remedies available to you before you ask people to give up their lives and that is what we are doing,” Kerry told a group of reporters.

Kerry’s remarks echoed those made by the White House’s National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan who said in January that the US lawmakers who are pushing for new sanctions against Iran want a war with the country and “should be up front with the American public and say so.”

A new study published by The Iran Project also shows that new sanctions against Iran sought by hawkish senators on Capitol Hill would undermine the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear energy program and “would increase the probability of war.”


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Jim W. Dean is Managing Editor of Veterans Today involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews. He broke into television work doing Atlanta Public TV programs for variety of American heritage, historical,military, veterans and Intel topics and organizations since 2000. Jim’s only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon, GA.

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