The bill, which has bi-partisan support, would create a veterans jobs training program, costing $1 billion over five years.Paul is probably just playing the stooge for Mitch McConnell, who certainly doesn't want to give the president, who initiated this effort, a win. Even if it means refusing to help veterans. Support the troops, but forget about them once they get home.
“A vet job bill – does that deserve a fight?” Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asked after a Senate roll call.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued that his filibuster took “15 minutes” and was for a good cause – to call for the release of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find bin Laden.
Paul has promised to stall Senate action until the doctor is released from jail—something the Pakistani government has said it will not do. Paul has also
called on the Obama administration to cut foreign aid to Pakistan until Afridi is released from jail.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that votes could continue into the weekend if Republicans continue to filibuster. Yay, Senate.
Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 7:15 AM PT: In an update from Sen. Reid's office, he reached agreement with McConnell that postpones votes until Wednesday, giving them s super-duper weekend!