CARTER: Add Cochran, Wicker to list of breakers of promises to veterans

TED CARTER

TED CARTER

If you think America should stand up for its veterans, please take a moment to read this email blast below. It’s from VoteVets.org and calls out Republican minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell for his part in leading GOP Senate members last week to filibuster a $21 billion allocation to enhance health care and education benefits for veterans over the next 10 years.

The email blast should include a thumbs down for Mississippi’s Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker as well. While always talking up their support for those who served, they could not muster the courage to walk the walk last week. They took the easy way out by supporting McConnell’s disregard for the welfare of the men and women they sent off to war over the last decade-and-a-half, as well as veterans of all eras.

Two Republicans, however, do not belong on the list: Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Dean Heller of Nevada did the right thing by crossing  party lines to join Democrats in their bid to move the bill forward.

The measure fell four votes short of a 60-vote threshold to break the filibuster. It’s likely the support of Cochran, who is up for reelection this year, and Wicker would surely have prompted at least two more Republicans to join in support of America’s veterans.  Sadly, that did not happen.

The message from VoteVets.org begins:

Mitch McConnell doesn’t get it.

In the United States of America, the commitment to care for the men and women who put on our nation’s uniform shouldn’t stop once they return home from the wars they were sent to fight.

This isn’t a new promise made to our troops — some of our first colonial laws dealt with the care of wounded veterans.

That’s why it was so jarring to watch Mitch McConnell lead his colleagues in the Senate during a filibuster of legislation to improve veterans health care and tuition benefits … all over his desire to push our country to the brink of yet another war, this time with Iran.

Mitch McConnell has been on a desperate crusade to appeal to dissatisfied Tea Partiers in Washington D.C., but Kentuckians back home would be appalled by his actions.

(By way of disclosure, I am among the veterans who would have benefited from the allocation.)

 

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