Friday, July 29, 2022

Why Do Republican Lawmakers Treat Veterans Like Bargaining Chips?

Republicans don't care about our military personnel and the proof is in their voting history.

Once again Republicans officially delayed a veterans' bill with a filibuster. "They chose yesterday to rob generations of toxic-exposed veterans across the country of the health care benefits they've earned," said Senator Jon Tester, who added, "It was a total eleventh-hour act of cowardice."

It's hard to square how much Republicans give the military industrial complex benefiting the Pentagon, and how little they care about the rank-and-file who put their lives on the line to protect democracy.

Veterans get no respect from Republicans. Yesterday's filibuster was just the latest example of that. What's really chickenshit is why Republicans lawmakers refused to help out veterans.

They were retaliating against a newly revived Democratic plan to curb climate change by blocking a bill they previously supported providing healthcare to veterans of burn pits, and Agent Orange.

So, in summary the GOP uses veterans as bargaining chips for their negotiations. History proves that. The Republicans hold veterans' healthcare hostage to forward their toxic ideology.

A longtime advocate for veterans' rights, Jon Stewart said it the best...

(To Republican lawmakers)

"Congratulations... You successfully used the Byzantine Senate rules to keep sick veterans suffering!!!! Kudos! I'm sure you'll celebrate by kicking a dog or punching a baby... or whatever terrible people do for fun!!!"

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