Senate to vote on helping veterans, contractors
November 7th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
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Senate to vote on helping veterans, contractors

Washington (CNNMoney) – The Senate plans to take up a bill this week that would help unemployed veterans seeking jobs as well as federal contractors facing a new tax burden in 2013.

To ease veterans' unemployment, Congress would give employers tax credits of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been unemployed longer than six months. They'd also give employers a tax credit of up to $9,600 for hiring long-unemployed disabled veterans.

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  1. Ed DFWTX

    The government needs to do eveyrthning possible to help unemployed veterans seeking jobs. The GOP needs to remember Almost 60% of the National Debt is the result of the Bush's two unfunded wars. The GOP and the 1% are responsible for these veterans! They should try making half the sacrifice these brave men have made by paying their fair share in taxes for starters. So far, they have made no sacrafice for our country!. They only take, take, take. Greed is alive and well with the GOP and their followers.

    November 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    How about some articles ont he polls showing that more than half of the country thinks the GOP is purposefully stalling recovery to use it against Obama?

    November 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. The Greedy Obstructionist Pigs see soldiers as their political and war-mongering tools

    Lets see if the GOBP deathcult puts its money where its mouth is now that "support our troops" is more than a meaningless bumper sticker.

    November 7, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    I am a Viet Nam vet and in favor of helping our returning service people 100 percent! What is shameful is the fact that the Republican-led House has already approved similar legislation and it has been sitting on Harry Reid's desk for months! Now Obama in his never-ending quest to garner votes and demonize the GOP is grandstanding the issue to garner votes. He is truly pathetic and certainly not a person I'd want to share a foxhole with!

    November 7, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. chuck weidemann

    Who would vote against this bill?? And for what reason ? We shall see. Hopefully a good conservative proposed this bill and that will allow repubs to vote yes. The worst thing that can happen now is for Obama to say this is a good bill!!!

    November 7, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. vet in texas

    @Keith in Austin

    I am a Viet Nam vet and in favor of helping our returning service people 100 percent! What is shameful is the fact that the Republican-led House has already approved similar legislation and it has been sitting on Harry Reid's desk for months! Now Obama in his never-ending quest to garner votes and demonize the GOP is grandstanding the issue to garner votes. He is truly pathetic and certainly not a person I'd want to share a foxhole with!
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    I am an Iraq veteran and you sir are not telling the truth, this magical "similar legislation" that your speaking of does not exist, I would also share my foxhole with President Obama, at least I know that he won't mind killing the enemy, he's shown that over and over again, just ask the families of Bin Laden, and the Somali pirates. As one vet to another, please read instead of listen, if you do you'll hear more facts than heresay, Which highly paid entertainer told you about the house vets jobs bill? Was it the ones you listened to for emergency food and gold you can't get change for?

    November 7, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. nathan

    So let me get this straight, the bill also wants to help private contractors who were making 20 times what our service men were making? I'm all for helping GI's, they put their lives on the line for a complete lie, but blackwater and haliburton hands need to fend for themselves like the rest of us.

    November 7, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    I am a vet and I would not be surprised if the Republicans in Congress continue to pursue their obstructionist agenda. They all came out against (except Paul I think) against pulling our troops out of Iraq. I still have friends in the Armed Forces and they were PO’ed that Republicans were against them coming home. Remember what McConnell said "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president". The GOP has proven time and time again with every no vote and filibuster that statement is their number one priority. The Republican party is becoming synonymous with obstructionism. Maybe Websters will come up with a word that has GOP or a form of Republican in it that means to block or stop.

    November 7, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    To ease veterans' unemployment, Congress would give employers tax credits of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been unemployed longer than six months. They'd also give employers a tax credit of up to $9,600 for hiring long-unemployed disabled veterans.
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    Probably most people agree with me that this is a worthwhile way to encourage companies to do something, in this case hire veterans. There are many things the government wants companies to do and in order to encourage this they provide Tax Credits. These are exactly the things many companies use to lower the taxes they pay. This is why many large companies paid"no taxes" even though they made profits. Is it a loophole? No. Is it bad? No. I'm just saying, the mood lately has been to crucify large companies, Occupy Wall Street and half the other large cities in the country.

    So now out of the other side of his mouth, Obama is going to complain about companies who pay little or no taxes. Ironic, isn't it?

    November 7, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. the giggler

    The sorry GOP is incompetent....Whats worse is the soldiers, some of whom are republican, vote against legislation like this and then got the nerve to complain....If all the veterans come together as one voice then they can help themselves, but when you have ignorant people who cant help themselves then we all suffer at the hands of people who continue to obstruct..I wish that the people who dont want jobs can move to another country to serve their useless republicans...Just a shame, men and women who fight for our country to protect us but cant protect themselves because they vote for the opposite of who is there to help them...

    November 7, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @Keith in Austin, aka Yellow Rose, and a host of other names: You really should read and fact check, as you appear to be a misinformed Fox viewer. Explain why you believe the crap that foreign born Murdoch and his Saudi partner dish out and you lap up.

    November 7, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |