Sunday, April 06, 2008

Action Alert

Whether you're a supporter of Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama - you know or should know that both candidates are rightfully supporters and co-sponsors of the New GI Bill of Rights.  As Democrats, we have a tradition of caring for our veterans. And despite good intentions - at times we have have fallen woefully short in our promises to those that have served. And if we need to point out another glaring difference between our two candidates (Besides both of our candidates 'getting' what needs to be done in Iraq) and Sen. John McCain - is that McCain is opposed to the New GI Bill of Rights. We're nine votes short in the senate and McCain needs to be seriously called out on this.
Sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, (And Sen. Chuck Hagel) with 51 co sponsors.
This is something that we as Americans, regardless of whom we support should agree upon. Keeping our promises to our veterans.
From Thomas
Title: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a program of educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces who serve in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 1/4/2007)      Cosponsors (51)
Related Bills: H.R.2702
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2007 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
There is a petition to demand McCain support the New GI Bill of Rights - and to rightfully call him on this. Right now there's over 20k signatures - please consider adding yours. (Check out the collaboration between Wes Clark, Robert Greenwald and VoteVets on the video.)
This is from Wes Clark
Robert Lopez served 8 years in our military, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as a tank commander. He was told he'd get his whole education bill paid for when he got out of the service. Mr. Lopez has fought and sacrificed for our country but like so many others, Mr. Lopez has faced the bleak reality of a government that has turned its back on its veterans.
That is why Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel proposed the new GI Bill, which would bring back WWII-style standards of providing vets with full tuition, room and board. And that is why 51 senators have signed on, including 9 Republicans like John Warner, giving this GI Bill tremendous bi-partisan support.
But it isn't enough. Faced with unprecedented filibusters, the only way to ensure Senate passage of the GI Bill is to get 60 co-sponsors. So far, John McCain has refused. The same McCain who insists he supports our troops. The same McCain who is voting lockstep with the Bush administration (who have also resisted this bill). We need to get John McCain to do the right thing — to sign now and signal to other Republican leaders that we should be strongly behind our vets.
Wes Clark

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