Monday, November 9, 2009

Why Does Tom Coburn Hate the Troops?

Sen Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Ensign's confessor and co-conspirator, has been identified as the lone senator holding up a bill to improve benefits for wounded veterans:
Veterans and their supporters called on U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Friday to drop his hold and allow a vote to be held on a bill to offer assistance and improve benefits to wounded veterans and their caregivers.

Without identifying Coburn by name, Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said a single senator is denying veterans improved benefits.

Akaka said Senate Bill 1963 also would provide assistance to caregivers who sometimes have to give up their jobs to stay at home and care for wounded veterans.

[...]Ultimately, Akaka said, the burden for caring for wounded veterans must be carried by the government that sent them to war in the first place.

""It is time for this body to act,'' he said in comments on the Senate floor.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, agreed and did identify Coburn as the senator with a hold on the bill.
So, when do we get to hear Limbaugh and his ilk asking why Colburn hates the troops? Yeah, yeah, I know: never. This kind of crap has to be stopped. Harry Reid needs to use his majority to put an end to Rethug obstructionism. The Party of No, indeed!

Thanks also to Matt Yglesias.

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