CONTACT: Jenny Davidson
May 20, 2008
Tiahrt, Moran Vote against Expanding Educational Benefits for Iraq War Veterans
Roberts and Brownback expected to vote on 21st Century G.I. Bill this week
Topeka – On Wednesday, Congressmen Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran voted against updating the 21st Century G.I. Bill which would expand educational benefits for returning Iraq war veterans. [http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll330.xml]
“By voting against the 21st Century G.I. Bill, Reps. Tiahrt and Moran joined House Republicans in favoring millionaires over veterans returning from Iraq ,” said Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director Mike Gaughan .
House Republicans have argued against the use of a Patriot Premium to provide much-needed funding for our returning veterans’ education, calling it a “small business tax.” In truth, the premium would increase an individual’s taxes by a half-percent on income above $500,000 and would generate an estimated $56 billion over ten years to cover the cost of expanding veterans’ benefits. [http://www.dailypress.com/news/nationworld/dp-local_gibill_0515may15,0,2593010.story]
“Every day, our brave Kansas military men and women are fighting to defend our rights and freedoms,” Gaughan said. “It is unacceptable for Reps. Tiahrt and Moran to shortchange our veterans when they return home from active duty. It is time for Tiahrt, Moran and Republicans in Congress to stop worrying about their next election flier, and start taking care of our soldiers and veterans.”
The 21st Century GI Bill is scheduled to go in front of the U.S. Senate this week. Already, Sen. John McCain has supported President Bush’s veto threat, saying the bill is “too expensive and could encourage service members to leave the military.” [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90483777]
“Although both Sen. McCain and President Bush have spoken out against expanding education benefits for our military service men and women, we hope Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback will support the 21st Century G.I. Bill,” Gaughan said.
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