Let us never again hear (or believe) that the Republicans or Tea Party Republicans are the problem!!
Free Beacon: This actually happened on the Senate floor this afternoon. Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) asked for consent to take up and pass the Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, a bill that would make it easier/possible for the scandal-plagued department to fire employees based on poor performance. The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation on Wednesday, with a bipartisan vote of 390 to 33. (Only Democrats objected.) Surely the Senate would follow suit, right? Not exactly.
Senator Bernie Sanders, a union-backed socialist from Vermont (who has strong ties to the Communist Party) objected on behalf of Senate Democrats to Rubio’s request. Instead of taking any action now, Sanders said he is going to hold a hearing—several weeks from now.Sanders, who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has been one of the most outspoken defenders of the VA against allegations of misconduct. When asked about reports of multiple deaths related to long wait times at the VA healthcare system, Sanders told CNN: “People die every day.”
Really… that is his reasoning?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Thursday offered a lukewarm assessment of the House-passed legislation, describing it as “not unreasonable.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) was not happy. “As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, I am disappointed, and—frankly—shocked that Senate Democratic leaders chose to block legislation that would hold VA managers accountable,” Boehner said in a statement. “As we head home to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, it’s fair to ask why Senate Democrats won’t stand up for more accountability?”
And as Sarah Palin reminded us, Obama is too ‘lazy’ to hold officials accountable for the VA Scandal or perhaps it is just more covering-up to divert the gaze from his direction. But either way, you can bet he will be too busy golfing to give our Vets any more thought this Memorial Day than appearing at a few perfunctory events!