Alison Lundergan Grimes Shames Mitch McConnell Over His Vote Against Veterans

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo | Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo | Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

On Thursday, the Mitch McConnell-led Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have improved veterans benefits. It was truly a “shameful display of partisan obstruction”, just as Jason Easley called it.

Since there are nearly 340,000 veterans in Kentucky, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes called out her opponent, Republican Mitch McConnell, for his vote to kill the veterans benefits bill with a cowardly procedural vote.

In a statement, Ms. Grimes took McConnell to task, “Mitch McConnell’s voting record against Kentucky’s veterans and military families is inexcusable.” She continued, “It is not enough to simply offer words and empty rhetoric — we must follow through with action in support of our veterans.”

The Democrat shamed McConnell for failing to live up to our promises to our veterans, “My opponent clearly disagrees. Whether they fought in Korea or Afghanistan, we must keep our promises to our returned service men and women and deliver on our responsibility to them just as they have for each of us. They deserve to share in the economic opportunity they bravely fought to protect.”

Grimes also supports renewing the VOW to Hire Heroes Act.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the bill Republicans killed in a tricky procedural move similar to a filibuster. Sanders is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, so the fact that the bill touts “the most comprehensive legislation for veterans to come before the Senate in decades” should not come as a surprise.

Mitch McConnell’s disdain for our veterans isn’t new. In 2012, he led forty Republican members of the Senate to betray veterans by killing a jobs bill for veterans. The Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012 would have spent $1 billion over five years to put veterans to work tending to federal lands, and in the nation’s police and fire departments.

Again in 2012, Republican leadership in the Senate quietly condoned the actions of a single coward who put a hold on a cost of living increase for disabled veterans, just so they could play petty partisan politics with Obama and deny him a “win”.

Republicans were shocked during their 2012 fiscal cliff disaster when President Obama fought with Republicans, insisting that benefits for disabled people and veterans not be cut.

Doesn’t it just make you want to wave a flag while failing to live up to our promises to our wounded warriors?

And then there is the Republican sequester (they are on record as championing it and pushing for it and gloating about getting it on Fox News — it’s only when confronted with the results that they deny any knowledge of it and blame Democrats). In June 2013, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Fort Knox would lose 3,300 troops in the next six years because of defense spending reductions.

The list of Republican perfidy on veterans issues is too long to innumerate here in anything remotely resembling its entirety. But one thing is for sure — Mitch McConnell has met his match, because Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t going to be quiet about his hypocrisy.

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24 Replies to “Alison Lundergan Grimes Shames Mitch McConnell Over His Vote Against Veterans”

  1. She should also hit him on the fact that he voted against restoring the measely 180 bucks per month hazard pay for soldiers in Afghanistan 2years ago right at Christmas break.

  2. Remember what the tea Party did to Bob Dole Dec. 2012? Dole sat in his wheelchair on the Senate floor to help pass a United Nations treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities. Led by Ted Cruz, most Republicans voted against it. Including Mcconnell. Disgusting & shameful. The lack of respect they showed Dole, a lieutenant veteran of World War II.

  3. I find it mind-boggling that any veteran would vote for Republicans, who have made it clear that they do not care about their interests. Do any of them seriously believe that Republicans care about the kinds of programs that are designed to deal with the emotional or financial issues they face after returning to civilian life?

  4. As a Veteran, I too find it astounding that so many of my Brothers and Sisters vote for folks like McConnell. It seems to be a “populist” thing — the tough talk with no actual substance to follow it up.

  5. The GOPTPers do the same thing with active duty members of the military and our veterans that they with Christianity–pay lip service to them/it but don’t act on anything they say they believe in. What pisses me off is that these b*stards are itching to send our military off to fight in Syria, the Ukraine, and Iran, and to keep them in Afghanistan forever. They do these things without giving another thought for their safety, the number of tours they’ve already served in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the stress it places on them and their families. While our fellow Americans are off dying and getting maimed because of their warmongering, they’re sitting stateside stirring up sh*t and looking for the next country to deploy them to, ways to deny them their earned benefits when they return, and ways to deny our veterans the medical benefits and services they deserve. We have millions of homeless veterans, but do they care? NO.

  6. Doesn’t anyone have the sneaking suspicion that they are psychopaths and maybe we need to intervene in our own interests?

  7. The Repugnants like soldiers not veterans. Soldiers are useful in their world cop games. Veterans – especially disabled veterans – are costly liabilities– red ink.
    They love 19 year old Marines but not 50 year old beat up vets with all kinds of physical,emotional , and monetary problems.

  8. I am unemployed after 45 years of working my husband is a Disabled Veteran. We both have always been tax payers, active voters and involved in politics. It is time for us to vote Republicans out of office who are against all of us. Republicans voted against unemployment extension and veterans bill. Using veterans and hard working people who are now unemployed for their personal agendas is a slap in all of our faces, Time for us to stand up and VOTE them out of office!

  9. Are McConnell’s military records sealed, like McCain’s?? Time to reveal why he was discharged after 3 weeks, for innapropriate conduct in the showers.

  10. Scarsdale

    After three weeks he had a meeting to attend.

    How about Huckabee-Limbaugh in 2016—–if you really want to puke check out their military service records. Talk about ChickenHawks! Check out DICK Cheney’s record
    while you’re at it. Flag waving pricks.

  11. You’re absolutely correct about that Crude Dude. They don’t figure in the costs of caring for veterans into the TRUE costs of their FAKE WARS!!!

  12. Soldiers keep voting for republicans because they know voting for a guy based on veterans benefits isn’t going to matter if the same guy’s military policy is going to get him/her killed in combat anyway.

  13. Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans has done it again! These social terrorists have spit in the eye of Veterans and then have the audacity to wave the American Flag! HYPOCRITES! These arm-chair patriots need to be taught a lesson! VOTE THEM OUT! for the good of the nation!

  14. It’s just like those pro-forced birth types who claim to be “pro-life.” Only in this case, it’s “love the Military-Industrial complex, hate the Veteran.”

  15. They don’t even really like the soldiers; otherwise we wouldn’t have any active military families who need SNAP benefits to survive. They like the military contractor employees/mercenaries and their for-profit employers.

  16. Many hospitals in the rural south are going bankrupt!

    I am not aware of any in Kentucky, however when you have over 25% of the population without health insurance, the community can not afford a local hospital.

    I sincerely hope this does not happen in ky now that so many folks are eligible for health care.

    IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO COMPARE KY HEALTH STATUS AND ECONOMY TO OTHER STATES LIKE TN, NC, ALA, MS, SC,ETC WHO HAVE NOT EXPANDED MEDICAID AND SUPPORTED OBAMACARE.

  17. I have one stat for you, in East Tn Covenant Health is not accepting anyone with ACA Marketplace insurance. Assisted by BCBS who sells the policys

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