In the Senate’s last week before recess, Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have helped create jobs for up to 20,000 veterans. The Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012 would have provided $1 billion over five years toward creating jobs for veterans in various fields, including law enforcement and firefighting, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.
The veterans’ jobs bill was common sense legislation that earned bipartisan support and endorsement from major veterans’ organizations. But unfortunately for the many unemployed veterans throughout this country — and in this state — Republican partisanship got in the way of smart, reasonable proposals. (I have many wonderful, conscientious Republican friends locally, but it’s the national leaders that are hurting the common folks, including veterans.)
What’s most dismaying is even decorated veteran Sen. John McCain voted against it! If the leadership can convince a decorated vet like McCain, I’m concerned that they will convince Congressman Jeff Flake to do the same on common sense bills like the Veterans Jobs Act that do good.
This election provides a choice. If you want to help those who gave the greatest sacrifice and served this country, vote for veteran Rich Carmona for U.S. Senate — a true advocate for our dedicated servicemen and women. Vote for Rich Carmona, who will not vote against the best interests of the veterans.