Senate blocks Veterans bill

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Updated: 9/20/2012 10:53 am Published: 9/20/2012 10:40 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has blocked legislation that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country's federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments.

Republicans say the spending violates limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of the 60-vote majority needed to waive the objection.

Supporters loosely modeled their proposal after the Civilian Conservation Corps used during the Great Depression to employ people planting trees, building parks and constructing dams

Democrats turned to the legislation shortly before they'll adjourn for the finals weeks of this year's election campaigns.

Republicans say the effort to help veterans is noble, but the bill is flawed.

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aleman - 9/20/2012 4:15 PM
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War veterans shouldn't have to work...they should be treated as noblemen,they have put themselves in harms way for our freedoms and should be held in high esteem not lowered to begging for work and treated like trash.It's our turn to sacrifice for them,put them to work picking up trash in parks ...horsesh*t.
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