Just like the the Transportation Bill, 'jobs bill', watered down, was till the very last minute thus holding much needed infrastructure spending and the jobs from for the needs of the country and at these times! And completely blocking the Veterans Job Act 2012 only the week before!
And from the tepublican campaign camps still no word, not even who locked up thus delaying the vote till the last minute when they return, especially from the new anointed dear leaders of, the Romney/Ryan campaign.
Now we have to pass this bill by the skin of our teeth just to make sure the VA can process the checks. It’s going to be a close call.”
Because of the delay, the Senate, which is out of session until Nov. 13, will have to vote on the legislation on the very same day it reconvenes in order for its payments to get out on time, according to a statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Should Congress pass the COLA after that date, VA would have to make complex programming changes to the system that could not be accomplished in time to pay the COLA increase on January 1,” according to the VA release. “Consequently, the December COLA increase would have to be paid retroactively.”
29 September 2012 - Rachel Maddow reports that Republicans have lifted their block on the cost of living adjustment for veterans, absent any word from Mitt Romney, allowing another opportunity for a vote on the bill in November.
H.R. 4114: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012
112th Congress, 2011–2012. Text as of Jul 10, 2012 (Referred to Senate Committee).
“Should Congress pass the COLA after that date, VA would have to make complex programming changes to the system that could not be accomplished in time to pay the COLA increase on January 1,”
Speaks volumes as to how these representatives not think nor do their jobs, especially when playing the obstruction game, and if the bill doesn't pass on that first day back from the congressional long vacations it will cost dearly to reprogram the system to compensate thus wasting valuable monies and time out of the already long time underfunded Veterans Administration budget. Especially as to this past decade plus, tax cuts came with the wars as surplus was gone Before 9/11 and deficits had already started rising, and these two rubber stamped off the books till the present administration and still borrowed war costs!
There could be a reason that we're not hearing anything from the anointed new leader as he hits the campaign contributions circuit instead, as Iraq Veteran and present Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says:
“Governor Romney confuses the defense budget with the (Veterans Affairs) budget,” Biden said. “He talks about wanting to increase the defense budget as if that’s going to help veterans. It doesn't. They’re two separate budgets.”
Not just Romney thinks this way, and you can tell just by his speeches the few times he even mentions veterans and the wars, but many if not most who would cast a vote to hire him, and their tepublican representatives, think same, part of their want not to cut the bloated defense spending.