Dems push jobs bill by focusing on veterans
November 8th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Dems push jobs bill by focusing on veterans

(CNN) - Democrats pushing for passage of President Barack Obama's jobs plan are using a new paid television advertisement to highlight the bill's efforts to put American veterans back to work.

Timed to precede the Senate vote on a bill which would provide help for unemployed veterans, the ad features Steve Gallucci, an unemployed Iraq war veteran. Cameras follow Gallucci as he looks for work.

"I served my country and can't find a job," Gallucci says. "I just got married. I just want to earn a living. Start my family. Get the white picket fence. This jobs plan definitely is going to do that."

The ad, which was paid for the Democratic National Committee, will air in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Raleigh-Durham and Greenville, North Carolina, and Dayton, Ohio. The 30-second spot will run on network and cable outlets, including CNN.

A DNC release heralding the ad listed proposals included in the American Jobs Act, which include tax credits for businesses that hire veterans and expanding job searching tools for men and women transitioning from the armed services into the civilian workforce. A bill that would provide help for veterans and repeal a 3% withholding from federal contractors passed on a procedural vote on Monday and is expected to be taken up by the full Senate this week.

The ad also emphasizes how Obama plans to pay for the new provisions, a key point for members of Congress concerned with increasing the federal deficit.

"The president's jobs plan gives tax credits for hiring veterans, and it's paid for by asking millionaires and corporations to pay their fair share," the narrator says.

Filed under: DNC • Veterans
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am beginning to dislike republicans just as much as republicans hate: veterans, seniors, minorities, the poor, the middle class, workers, teachers, policemen, firemen, nurses, government employees, gays, hispanics, blacks, muslims, consumer safety, clean air and water, and people who make under $500,000 a year. The GOP baggers are basically anti American.

    November 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In all fairness, republicans do love big banks, big oil, big corporations, millionaires, billionaires, class warfare, unfunded wars and unfunded mandates.

    November 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. cali girl

    I hold hope for this to pass, every one of our troops past and present should all have what ever job they want. Thank you Obama and the Dems for a very smart move.

    November 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Dano

    Palladin, you forgot to mention that the Repubs LOVE their wars and guns, yet proclaim that they are "pro-life."

    November 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Ed DFWTX

    Repubs will be against anything Obama introduces including anything that would benefit our veterans. The GOP should be ashamed of themselves. The obstructionist GOPers who want to destroy America by shoving us into a depression started by Bush and not help any citizen inlcuding those most deserving all becuase they put party before country. How UnAmerican is that!

    November 8, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "Support Our Troops" is just a bumber sticker to the GOBP deathcult. Otherwise, it is "not intended to be a factual statement."

    November 8, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Bill

    The Republicans have overplayed their hand by obstructing everything. They will pay the price at the polls in 2012, despite Obama's low approval rating. And Obama can beat Romney or any of the other clowns the GOP is putting forth. The difference could not be more clear: destroy America and cater to the wealthy and big corporations or help restore the middle class.

    November 8, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Namejkane

    Pass the bill you losers,none of you teabags deserve an ounce of respect, and you won't be elected again.then we are going to cut your health and pension benifets. Just wait.. you can sign up for Obamacare which you voted againest

    November 8, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Are the "Tea Partiers " and the Repubs so stupid that they think they can continue to kick the voters around the block month after month and then get their votes in 2012?????? They had better start giving a little credit to the "struggliing masses"
    because "We are mad as hell and we aren't going to take it any more".. I know this is easy to say.....but do you really want to take the chance that we won't follow through??????? Better not!!!!!!We are on to your tricks and we are dealing with them as I speak!!!! We hope to have Boehner in tears before long!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |