The latest episode of "As the Republicans Obstruct" premiered this week when the G.O.P. hid behind party loyalty and procedure -- instead of owning the fact that their party supports a discriminatory law, the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Republicans filibustered the defense authorization bill, and the amendment to repeal DADT -- along with the bipartisan DREAM Act for immigration -- went down with it.
IAVA founder and executive director Paul Rieckhoff, a frequent guest on our show, explains the urgency behind IAVA's push in a blog post. Vets need opportunities for jobs, for vocational training, for jobs, Rieckhoff argues. They need jobs, and they need to have their disability claims paid. Those needs aren't met by the current G.I. bill. He writes:
With unemployment rates hovering above 11% over the past year, this is no time for partisan politics to get in the way of finding real solutions to creating employment opportunities for new veterans.
You can track the bill and Rieckhoff's petition on the IAVA site.