Senate Republicans Block Veterans Bill

Senate Republicans Block Veterans Bill

A disappointed Sen. Bernie Sanders pledged to continue to fight for improved benefits for veterans after Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a vote on comprehensive legislation to expand health care, education, job-training and other programs. 

Republicans derailed the bill by raising a budget point of order challenging outlays for veterans. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office had said deficits actually would decrease by $1.34 billion over 10 years under the legislation by Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

“I had hoped from the bottom of my heart that at least on this issue – the need to protect and defend our veterans and their families – we could rise above the day-to-day rancor and party politics that we see here in Congress,” said Sanders.