GOP’s Coburn “is denying veterans many benefits and services”

We’ll hear a lot of speeches about veterans and their service to our nation today. But, any Republican Senator who speaks today should be ashamed. Their colleague, Tom Coburn (OK) is still blocking a bill to aid vets. At the end of last week, Senator Akaka laid down the gauntlet:

Speaking Friday on the Senate floor about a procedural hold that is blocking passage of S. 1963, the Veterans’ Caregiver and Omnibus Health Benefits Act, Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, said “it would be truly disgraceful” if the bill didn’t clear the Senate by Veterans’ Day.

Akaka said the bill represents a bipartisan collection of veterans’ committee proposals packaged into one bill so it could quickly pass. Consideration of the measure is being blocked by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who doesn’t want the measure brought up unless he is given an opportunity to offer amendments.

“This single senator is denying veterans many benefits and services,” Akaka said, including a new caregiver assistant program at families of the “most seriously wounded veterans.”

Well, it’s Veterans Day and Coburn is still blocking the bill. His GOP colleagues are enabling him.

On Monday, Democratic Senators held a press conference to focus attention on this issue. And, Coburn showed up for what he called the “festivities.” The Democrats blasted him anyway:
Festivities? This is all fun and games for Coburn. It’s reality for the vets and their families.

Isn’t it time to just roll over Coburn? If the Senate can’t do it for veterans, they won’t do it for anyone.

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