Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker joined Senate Republican in derailing a bill that would have expended $21 billion to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans.

The “nea” votes Thursday by Cochran, Wicker and all but two other Senate GOP members brought a harsh response from the American Legion.

“I don’t know how anyone who voted ‘no’ today can look a veteran in the eye and justify that vote,” said Daniel M. Dellinger, national commander of the American Legion in a Washington Post report. “Our veterans deserve more than what they got today.”

Republicans stopped the veterans bill from moving on a procedural vote, which needed 60 votes. The final tally was 56-41.

The bill contained provisions that would restore the COLA for vets, and protect them from losing their benefits in the event of another government shutdown. It also would have authorized the construction of 27 new clinics and medical facilities, and it would have provided tuition assistance to post-9/11 vets, Politico reported.

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2 thoughts on “Cochran and Wicker vote against restoring COLA for veterans.

  1. Any one out there who thinks our 2 senators are great need to read and absorb there are Not many families in Mississippi that do not have vets as a part of the family Yet sen Cochran’s farm bill was full of pork and m most was not enven about farmers but making sure money for tHE FOOD STAMP program did not run out but added much more to last years numbedrs which is out of sight… Us people who work or have worked and retired are keep[ing thoase up who are to sorry to woprk.. course the Gov. treats them like FARMERS .. PAYS THEM NOT TO PLAN T,

  2. So Wicker and Cochran will support farmers to receive more pork, but will not support Veterans in these times of great need? The only explanation possible: they must have polled to see if there are more farmers than Vets in Mississippi.

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