28 Feb '14, 1am

Republican Senate blocks Democratic vets benefits bill today #p2 via @navytimes

A massive veterans legislative package that would have expanded a host of post-military benefits was sidelined Thursday after Senate Democratic backers failed to find enough support among their Republican colleagues. A procedural motion to cut off debate and allow the bill to move to a floor vote fell short by four votes, with all but two Republicans voting along party lines. Bill sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, called the defeat a frustrating disappointment and vowed to find a way to guide the measure through Congress this year. “I thought that maybe, just maybe, the Senate could come together and do the right thing for our veterans,” he told reporters after the vote. “But, no.” The vote came after three days of debate on the Senate floor — much of it focusing on what topics should be debated. Each day, Sanders implo...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140227/NEWS05/30227003...

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