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Aug 2, 2022 08:56:51   #
Milosia2 Loc: Cleveland Ohio
 
Republican senators are starting to freak out after blocking the veterans' health bill
Sarah K. Burris
August 02, 2022

Republican senators are starting to freak out after blocking the veterans' health bill
Wounded veteran soldier sitting in a wheelchair (Shutterstock)


Republican senators have discovered that trying to block veterans from healthcare doesn't play well among American voters. With fewer than 100 days until the 2022 midterm elections, GOP senators who previously supported legislation to care for veterans with cancer due to burn pits voted it down. Now they're having second thoughts, Politico reported.

It was mere weeks ago when 84 Senators, all Democrats and a hefty chunk of Republicans, voted to pass the bill. One small tweak in the language was eliminated involving taking over private care, but it didn't change anything meaningful in the bill. But last week, Republicans voted it down. They've been trying to justify it by saying that Democrats added in all of these budget spending measures, but those were actually in the bill they supported.

Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart raged at Republican officials for the excuse in videos that have gone viral.

Veterans are protesting by staging a sit-in along the halls of the Senate office buildings, forcing Republicans to walk by them. Activist Paul Rieckhoff of Righteous Media told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace that at least one of the men sleeping on the floor is hooked up to oxygen.


Former Donald Trump Homeland Security chief of staff, Miles Taylor, said the opposition is actually part of an ongoing effort by lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to defund the Veterans Administration and privatize it. He recalled when he was working for the Trump administration that there were many who were trying to bring down the VA, but decided it couldn't happen in Trump's first term because he would need to be reelected.

But other Republicans claim that it was an effort by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who tried to claim a "budgetary gimmick." As political strategists say frequently, however, if you're trying to explain yourself, you're losing.



"Regardless of their reasoning, the GOP was quickly forced to play defense against both Democrats and veterans’ advocates who were caught off-guard by Republican delaying tactics after the party greenlit a nearly identical bill in June," wrote Politico.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has tried to blame Democrats for Republicans voting against the bill, saying they "screwed up the first time." His problem is he has to explain how Democrats screwed up but still got 84 votes to pass it.


“I’m doing everything I can do,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who has been trying to get the bill passed since 2021. "I don’t know [if] people really understand what they were voting on, to be honest with you. There’s no slush fund in this."

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Toomey is trying to rally the GOP around an amendment, which some Republicans like Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) would support, but they're not willing to let the bill die if the amendment isn't approved.

The GOP's lack of support has pitted Republicans against groups like the American Legion and AMVETS, which have volunteers at the Capitol. The Vietnam Veterans of America have been close allies to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans because they too experienced toxic chemical exposure when fighting overseas. It's become a public relations nightmare mere days before the senators are expected to go home to campaign during the August Recess.

Doesn’t that beat all ?
John Thune -republican
Wants to blame the Dems for republicans voting against the bill.
Just when you think you’ve heard the craziest chit from the right , there’s more.
Was it the Dems fault they for the bill the first time , but voted against
the same exact bill the second time.???
If the Dems possess this sort of power we really need to be using it to our advantage.

Oh , and don’t forget how Donald was all about “helping” veterans.

** He recalled when he was working for the Trump administration that there were many who were trying to bring down the VA, but decided it couldn't happen in Trump's first term because he would need to be reelected.***
Not helping, trying to destroy the VA for a plan to privatize it.

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Aug 2, 2022 08:59:38   #
microphor Loc: Home is TN
 
Milosia2 wrote:
Republican senators are starting to freak out after blocking the veterans' health bill
Sarah K. Burris
August 02, 2022

Republican senators are starting to freak out after blocking the veterans' health bill
Wounded veteran soldier sitting in a wheelchair (Shutterstock)


Republican senators have discovered that trying to block veterans from healthcare doesn't play well among American voters. With fewer than 100 days until the 2022 midterm elections, GOP senators who previously supported legislation to care for veterans with cancer due to burn pits voted it down. Now they're having second thoughts, Politico reported.

It was mere weeks ago when 84 Senators, all Democrats and a hefty chunk of Republicans, voted to pass the bill. One small tweak in the language was eliminated involving taking over private care, but it didn't change anything meaningful in the bill. But last week, Republicans voted it down. They've been trying to justify it by saying that Democrats added in all of these budget spending measures, but those were actually in the bill they supported.

Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart raged at Republican officials for the excuse in videos that have gone viral.

Veterans are protesting by staging a sit-in along the halls of the Senate office buildings, forcing Republicans to walk by them. Activist Paul Rieckhoff of Righteous Media told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace that at least one of the men sleeping on the floor is hooked up to oxygen.


Former Donald Trump Homeland Security chief of staff, Miles Taylor, said the opposition is actually part of an ongoing effort by lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to defund the Veterans Administration and privatize it. He recalled when he was working for the Trump administration that there were many who were trying to bring down the VA, but decided it couldn't happen in Trump's first term because he would need to be reelected.

But other Republicans claim that it was an effort by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who tried to claim a "budgetary gimmick." As political strategists say frequently, however, if you're trying to explain yourself, you're losing.



"Regardless of their reasoning, the GOP was quickly forced to play defense against both Democrats and veterans’ advocates who were caught off-guard by Republican delaying tactics after the party greenlit a nearly identical bill in June," wrote Politico.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has tried to blame Democrats for Republicans voting against the bill, saying they "screwed up the first time." His problem is he has to explain how Democrats screwed up but still got 84 votes to pass it.


“I’m doing everything I can do,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who has been trying to get the bill passed since 2021. "I don’t know [if] people really understand what they were voting on, to be honest with you. There’s no slush fund in this."

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Toomey is trying to rally the GOP around an amendment, which some Republicans like Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) would support, but they're not willing to let the bill die if the amendment isn't approved.

The GOP's lack of support has pitted Republicans against groups like the American Legion and AMVETS, which have volunteers at the Capitol. The Vietnam Veterans of America have been close allies to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans because they too experienced toxic chemical exposure when fighting overseas. It's become a public relations nightmare mere days before the senators are expected to go home to campaign during the August Recess.
Republican senators are starting to freak out afte... (show quote)


ahahahahahaha, you really need to get some new sources

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Aug 2, 2022 09:16:14   #
Milosia2 Loc: Cleveland Ohio
 
microphor wrote:
ahahahahahah, you really need to get some new sources


New sources ?
What would you tell a Wounded Combat Veteran sitting in a wheelchair outside of your office at the Capital ?
Would you Laugh in his face the way you just did ?

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Aug 2, 2022 09:44:03   #
Liberty Tree
 
Milosia2 wrote:
New sources ?
What would you tell a Wounded Combat Veteran sitting in a wheelchair outside of your office at the Capital ?
Would you Laugh in his face the way you just did ?


Democrats are great at using the hard pressed as pawns to push their radical agenda. They are using aide to veterans as a front to push through their hidden radical agenda paid for with hundreds of millions the country cannot afford.

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Aug 2, 2022 10:04:53   #
microphor Loc: Home is TN
 
Milosia2 wrote:
New sources ?
What would you tell a Wounded Combat Veteran sitting in a wheelchair outside of your office at the Capital ?
Would you Laugh in his face the way you just did ?


You're so full of poop it's unbelievable. Let me tell you something ahole, my son happens to be one of those wounded vets you're talking about. So you can shove your attitude right up you're ahole. He doesn't want a bill established where the money could be diverted and used elsewhere, he wants a clean bill that is a cemented to the veterans programs and can only be used for that purpose, unlike the one that they're trying to push right now. I will laugh at your ignorant a$$ till hell freezes over!

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Aug 2, 2022 10:07:20   #
Smedley_buzkill
 
Milosia2 wrote:
New sources ?
What would you tell a Wounded Combat Veteran sitting in a wheelchair outside of your office at the Capital ?
Would you Laugh in his face the way you just did ?


Funny thing; once Americans realize the truth, they aren't mad at Republicans. You see, the Republicans supported the original bill. Then it went back to the House where your girl Pelosi and her quorum of quislings stole 400 billion dollars from it. THAT'S when it got blocked. This is on Democrat shitweasels. You wouldn't know any of those, would you?

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Aug 2, 2022 10:13:52   #
Smedley_buzkill
 
Milosia2 wrote:
New sources ?
What would you tell a Wounded Combat Veteran sitting in a wheelchair outside of your office at the Capital ?
Would you Laugh in his face the way you just did ?


I am a veteran, you twit, and I applaud the Republicans blocking the bill after your precious, treasonous Democraps stole 400 billion dollars out of it for their pet pork. Since you apparently cannot read, get someone to read it to you. The Republicans supported the original bill. It passed the Senate easily, and went back to the House for their approval. The House Democrats STOLE almost half a trillion dollars from the bill for their porcine projects. The Republicans blocked the bill that had so much of the veterans' money stolen by your despicable buddies in the House. You know, I raise chickens and I'm trying to decide whether or not a broody hen is stupider than a New York Democrat. That's a real puzzler.

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Aug 2, 2022 10:19:12   #
microphor Loc: Home is TN
 
Smedley_buzkill wrote:
I am a veteran, you twit, and I applaud the Republicans blocking the bill after your precious, treasonous Democraps stole 400 billion dollars out of it for their pet pork. Since you apparently cannot read, get someone to read it to you. The Republicans supported the original bill. It passed the Senate easily, and went back to the House for their approval. The House Democrats STOLE almost half a trillion dollars from the bill for their porcine projects. The Republicans blocked the bill that had so much of the veterans' money stolen by your despicable buddies in the House. You know, I raise chickens and I'm trying to decide whether or not a broody hen is stupider than a New York Democrat. That's a real puzzler.
I am a veteran, you twit, and I applaud the Republ... (show quote)


Thank you for your service smedley and also for staying on top of what's happening with this bill

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Aug 2, 2022 10:20:24   #
JR-57 Loc: South Carolina
 
Milosia2 wrote:
Republican senators are starting to freak out after blocking the veterans' health bill
Sarah K. Burris
August 02, 2022

Republican senators are starting to freak out after blocking the veterans' health bill
Wounded veteran soldier sitting in a wheelchair (Shutterstock)


Republican senators have discovered that trying to block veterans from healthcare doesn't play well among American voters. With fewer than 100 days until the 2022 midterm elections, GOP senators who previously supported legislation to care for veterans with cancer due to burn pits voted it down. Now they're having second thoughts, Politico reported.

It was mere weeks ago when 84 Senators, all Democrats and a hefty chunk of Republicans, voted to pass the bill. One small tweak in the language was eliminated involving taking over private care, but it didn't change anything meaningful in the bill. But last week, Republicans voted it down. They've been trying to justify it by saying that Democrats added in all of these budget spending measures, but those were actually in the bill they supported.

Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart raged at Republican officials for the excuse in videos that have gone viral.

Veterans are protesting by staging a sit-in along the halls of the Senate office buildings, forcing Republicans to walk by them. Activist Paul Rieckhoff of Righteous Media told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace that at least one of the men sleeping on the floor is hooked up to oxygen.


Former Donald Trump Homeland Security chief of staff, Miles Taylor, said the opposition is actually part of an ongoing effort by lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to defund the Veterans Administration and privatize it. He recalled when he was working for the Trump administration that there were many who were trying to bring down the VA, but decided it couldn't happen in Trump's first term because he would need to be reelected.

But other Republicans claim that it was an effort by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who tried to claim a "budgetary gimmick." As political strategists say frequently, however, if you're trying to explain yourself, you're losing.



"Regardless of their reasoning, the GOP was quickly forced to play defense against both Democrats and veterans’ advocates who were caught off-guard by Republican delaying tactics after the party greenlit a nearly identical bill in June," wrote Politico.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has tried to blame Democrats for Republicans voting against the bill, saying they "screwed up the first time." His problem is he has to explain how Democrats screwed up but still got 84 votes to pass it.


“I’m doing everything I can do,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who has been trying to get the bill passed since 2021. "I don’t know [if] people really understand what they were voting on, to be honest with you. There’s no slush fund in this."

Join Raw Story Investigates. Go AD-Free.
Toomey is trying to rally the GOP around an amendment, which some Republicans like Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) would support, but they're not willing to let the bill die if the amendment isn't approved.

The GOP's lack of support has pitted Republicans against groups like the American Legion and AMVETS, which have volunteers at the Capitol. The Vietnam Veterans of America have been close allies to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans because they too experienced toxic chemical exposure when fighting overseas. It's become a public relations nightmare mere days before the senators are expected to go home to campaign during the August Recess.

Doesn’t that beat all ?
John Thune -republican
Wants to blame the Dems for republicans voting against the bill.
Just when you think you’ve heard the craziest chit from the right , there’s more.
Was it the Dems fault they for the bill the first time , but voted against
the same exact bill the second time.???
If the Dems possess this sort of power we really need to be using it to our advantage.

Oh , and don’t forget how Donald was all about “helping” veterans.

** He recalled when he was working for the Trump administration that there were many who were trying to bring down the VA, but decided it couldn't happen in Trump's first term because he would need to be reelected.***
Not helping, trying to destroy the VA for a plan to privatize it.
Republican senators are starting to freak out afte... (show quote)

You’re a perpetual dumb ass. They’re not blocking aid to veterans. They’re blocking $400 billion in pork. That’s a whole lot of BBQ missy.

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Aug 2, 2022 10:22:39   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
Smedley_buzkill wrote:
I am a veteran, you twit, and I applaud the Republicans blocking the bill after your precious, treasonous Democraps stole 400 billion dollars out of it for their pet pork. Since you apparently cannot read, get someone to read it to you. The Republicans supported the original bill. It passed the Senate easily, and went back to the House for their approval. The House Democrats STOLE almost half a trillion dollars from the bill for their porcine projects. The Republicans blocked the bill that had so much of the veterans' money stolen by your despicable buddies in the House. You know, I raise chickens and I'm trying to decide whether or not a broody hen is stupider than a New York Democrat. That's a real puzzler.
I am a veteran, you twit, and I applaud the Republ... (show quote)


Name some of that "pork"....

Have you ever seen a bill by Reps which had no pork??

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Aug 2, 2022 10:30:25   #
JR-57 Loc: South Carolina
 
permafrost wrote:
Name some of that "pork"....

Have you ever seen a bill by Reps which had no pork??

I’m opposed to pork in any bill. They should all be single issue bills. If we have $400 billion to toss around include it as part of aid to veterans, not whatever whim du jour.

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Aug 2, 2022 10:39:28   #
microphor Loc: Home is TN
 
permafrost wrote:
Name some of that "pork"....

Have you ever seen a bill by Reps which had no pork??


All bills should be specific. No matter who is pushing it.

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Aug 2, 2022 10:41:56   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
JR-57 wrote:
I’m opposed to pork in any bill. They should all be single issue bills. If we have $400 billion to toss around include it as part of aid to veterans, not whatever whim du jour.


Gee, we agree on something... good..

The bill you are concerned with will not get past the senate.. it is a no deal as of two hours after the agreement...

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Aug 2, 2022 10:43:04   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
microphor wrote:
All bills should be specific. No matter who is pushing it.


See my reply to JR, now if we could ever get the Pols to think our way, some progress could be made..

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Aug 2, 2022 10:59:34   #
microphor Loc: Home is TN
 
permafrost wrote:
See my reply to JR, now if we could ever get the Pols to think our way, some progress could be made..


Agree.

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