Thursday, November 10, 2011

Senate Approves Jobs Benefits for Veterans - TIME

In an unusual bipartisan 95-0 vote, the Senate today passed a small part of President Obama's Jobs Bill that, so far, has been stuck in the mud of politics.

The passage today of a bill that will give tax credits of up to $9,600 to companies hiring disabled vets who have been jobless at least six months, and improve job training and counseling for veterans is a much needed shot in the arm for employers and veterans alike. In addition, it will provide new tax credits of up to $5,600 for employers hiring veterans who have job hunted at least half a year and $2,400 for those out of work for four weeks or more.

Of course this doesn't mean that the Republicans have in any way caved into pressure, "it was just the right thing to do." NOT! In essence, pressure from grassroots organizations is beginning to have an effect on someone at least.

Happy Veterans Day coming up to all those who have and are serving to defend our freedom (you know, the ones we are trying desperately to hold onto at home while you defend us in other places.)

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