Monday, May 19, 2008

Shame on Bob Goodlatte

Last week the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century G.I. Bill as an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Military Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would provide educational benefits similar to those of WWII veterans. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) was one of the House patrons. This is the same bill Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) introduced (on his first day in office) in the Senate and pushed on the Sunday talk shows and at every opportunity. Among the Senate supporters is Senator John Warner (R-VA).
The vote in the House was 256 to 156 with 32 Republicans voting with the majority. How did Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-06) vote on the 21st Cenury G.I. Bill and help for our veterans? On the wrong side.
Seems Mr. Goodlatte is all to willing to send young men and women into harm's way. He's all too willing to spend billion of dollars a week on a war, occupation, whatever you want to call it. He's all to willing to ask our soldiers and their families to sacrifice for their country. But, Mr. Goodlatte is unwilling to provide veterans with the same educational benefits that WWII vets received. Mr. Goodlatte is short-changing the young men and women of the Sixth District, Virginia, and the nation. Does he think a handshake and a hollow "thank you" is reward enough for their service?
CCC recently praised Mr. Goodlatte for his vote on the Farm Bill because he seemed to be listening to constituents. Today, he's even taking a tour of Valley farms, no doubt to claim credit.
On the 21st Century G.I. Bill, Goodlatte is flat wrong. Are his ears plugged with BushWax? Does he not care about our vets? Is it about the money? If so, Mr. Goodlatte you are a hypocrite for supporting billions for Iraq while shortchanging these young men and women. Contact our not-so-representative Mr. Goodlatte and tell him you stand with our veterans - and expect him to do so, too.

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