Congress Passes Bill To Help Unemployed Veterans
Finally, we’ve found something that trumps political game playing. Despite blocking every other aspect of President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act, congressional Republicans have finally let one piece through and approved it — the proposal to get unemployed veterans back to work.
According to the Washington Post, the House has approved business tax credits to those companies that hire veterans to fill open positions, with even higher credits for those hires who have disabilities related to their service.
The bill, which passed the House unanimously, has already passed the Senate and is expected to be signed into law soon. The unemployment rate for veterans is just under 8 percent, and for veterans in their “prime working year” the rate is above 12 percent, 3 percent higher than the average rate for the rest of the country.
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