The Senate Republicans have sunk to a new low in their blanket opposition to any thing the Democrats or the President propose by blocking a bill that would provide additional benefits to homeless women veterans and homeless veteran families. Their fearless leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), speaking for Tom Colburn (R-OK) (who was suspiciously absent when the balloon went up) objected to the bill for incomprehensible reasons.
Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) brought her bill — the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Act … the bill would expand benefits for homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children and would increase funding and extend federal grant programs to address the unique challenges faced by these veterans.” However, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected on behalf of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to this seemingly non-controversial issue:
McCONNELL: Madam president, reserving the right to object and I will have to object on behalf of my colleague Sen. Coburn from Oklahoma. He has concerns about this legislation, particularly as he indicates in a letter that I’ll ask the Senate to appear on the record that it be paid for up front so that the promises that makes the Veterans are in fact kept. So madam president I object. (emphasis mine)
Now WTF does that mean ?