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Congress Passes Bill To Help Unemployed Veterans

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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12:46AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Debbie, thanks for that post. It looks like we are being thrown false hope again and they won't actually GET anything. We the people will not ever be able to contact these individual veterans or be able to VERIFY if they were EVER HELPED. Just another scam by our politicians. We already KNOW the politicians are going to cut military spending and of COURSE it will be on OUR RETURNING VETERANS! It certainly WON'T be on HALIBURTON because THEN CHENEY would LOSE MONEY!! We can't HAVE THAT! I am SO disgusted by how our returning veterans are being treated. It's DISGRACEFUL!!

9:19AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Define, in specific terms please, what PROPOSAL and HELP translate to in terms of actual aid.

8:59AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Its a start, now pass a bill to put all back to work, here, not in China.

3:43AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

All well and good but what about the rest of us?

11:20AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

GEE ROBIN..........."FINALLY"!!

10:51AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

I find this interesting in light of the fact that the republicans in congress are anxious to strip the post office of its bargaining rights and lay off hundreds of thousands of workers. The USPS is the largest civilian employer of veterans, and the majority of workers hurt by any lay-offs at the post office will be veterans. So it will all be a wash....

9:40AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Tiny piece, but at least, it's something. The reason it passed? Not because it is good for the country or even good for vets, because it fall into the "cut taxes" mantra. If it had been a bill requiring funding for training for vets (think the old GI Bill), never would have cleared Boehner, Cantor and their ilk.

9:30AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Wow! You mean the Repugs remember what they were elected to do? Really? Unbelievable. I guess they couldn't figure out a way to only give jobs to millionaire vets! I doubt there are any so they decided to have one bill passed so they would look like they are still conscious. I'll bet it felt funny to them to actually accomplish something and they probably won't win their next election because they aren't supposed to do ANYTHING to help our poor, desperate country and it's citizens.

9:08AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

The only reason the Repugs passed this at last is because they knew they wouldn't be able to get away with it not to. It would pretty darn hard to defend a vote NOT to support unemployed vets but make no mistake - it wasn't compassion that drove this decision by a long shot. Strictly a CYA move so they have SOMETHING to show the voters. No shock really for the party of NO and/or 'do anything possible to bring down Obama.'

8:38AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

And may I say, it is about damned time?

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