The GOP blocked the Veterans' Jobs Bill on a procedural point (Oct. 1 letter, "GOP voted against bill to help veterans"). Republicans stated that the bill was not paid for and voted against moving it forward.
The bill would have provided $1 million over five years to veterans seeking employment. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) opposed the bill since it duplicated existing job programs for veterans. Sen. Patricia Murray (D-Wash.) was shocked and stated that the cost of the bill would be covered by "fees on Medicare providers and suppliers who are delinquent on their tax bills."
There are already six job programs available to veterans. The Democratic bill focused on increasing size of government and adding to the debt.
Veterans are given veteran preference for all federal jobs; five points for a regular vet, 10 points for a disabled vet.