The New GI Bill, sponsored by Jim Webb and 50 something other Senators, passed the U.S. Senate today by a larger than expected 75-22 margin. Alabama's Senators split this vote, with Shelby voting in favor of expanded educational benefits for veterans and Jeff Sessions voting against it. Way to support the troops, Jeff!
Of the presidential candidates, Clinton and Obama returned to Washington to vote “yes” but John McCain was campaigning in California. The 'maverick' couldn't be bothered to show up to vote — he would have voted “no” and his advisors probably told him it was politically better to go AWOL on this one.
Bush is expected to veto the bill — supporting the troops “costs too much.”
So, here's the picture:
Bush is going to veto the New GI Bill.
Jeff Sessions voted against it.
Mccain didn't even bother to vote.
George Bush, Jeff Sessions and John McCain: Three peas in a pod, happy to send American troops into harm's way, unwilling to give educational benefits to the ones lucky enough to make it back home. Are these the people we want running our country?
I think Sessions is the one on the left and Bush is the smirking one on the right.