Budget deal cuts veterans pension, illegal immigrant benefits safe, Alexander votes yes to both
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TN US Senator Lamar Alexander has voted “Yes” to the bipartisan budget bill yesterday that leaves wounded vets and retirees without 6 billion in retirement benefits over the next 10 years, interestingly enough and in contrast at the same time voted “Yes” to extend illegal immigration benefits. In addition, TN Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, (R) 3rd, voted “Yes” and Congressman Scott Dejarlais, (R), 4th District, voted against the measure.
An effort by a handful of Republicans in the US Senate failed to drum up enough support to halt cuts to pensions for our wounded warriors.
This controversial vote was a test run for the final vote in the Senate House, the final vote is expected to come this week, perhaps today.
US Senator R, Ala, gave his best effort to push an amendment through that would halt the veterans cuts by using a parliamentary procedure to force a vote on and undo the cuts for the military veterans. The move proved unsuccessful based on the likes of Lamar Alexander in the Senate and Congressman Chuck Fleischman in the House.
This move by our distinguished politicians from the great state of TN left the provision intact which takes 6 billion out of veterans hands over the next 10 years. Reminder, this is a hard earned reward for our veterans who sacrificed life and limb to finally one day retire with this benefit and now these politicians are voting to take this away? Shame on you!
In a much warranted move Sessions from Alabama wanted to eliminate 4.2 billion in aid to illegal immigrants in IRS credits. The sadness in this is our politicians have towed the PC crowd enough to wave benefits and pensions of veterans in favor of those that are not here legally.
Oddly enough at least on this cloture vote TN US Senator Bob Corker, Mr “I spend more time in the other aisle than my own” Corker voted “N0.” There must not have been enough money available to shift his vote to the yes aisle, but there is still one more vote!
Sessions argued unsuccessfully to get other Republicans and Democrats off the fence and in typical bipartisan love fest with libs, the veterans get the shaft in
place of an illegal immigrant benefit package. In defeat mode, Sessions was quoted, “It’s not correct, and it should not happen,” he said from the Senate floor before the vote.
“By blocking my amendment, they voted to cut pensions for wounded warriors,” he said afterwards.
“Senators in this chamber have many valid ideas for replacing these pension cuts, including my proposal to close the tax welfare loophole for illegal filers, and all deserved a fair and open hearing. But they were denied.”
He went on to add “we have cut military pensions instead of cutting welfare for illegal immigrants.”
The most upsetting comment came from Super Uber RINO Paul Ryan and his cohort Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash. when they argued “the GOP effort was really an attempt to kill the entire bill.”
Wrap your heads around this ladies and gentleman. The gentleman who nearly was our Vice President on the R side of the aisle standing defiantly with liberals arguing that the only reason Sessions was being defiant and standing in the gap for veterans was because he wanted to shut down government and kill the whole bill. This is what happens when statesmen get in the way of the machine getting what they want. A merciful slaughter at the feet of our veterans.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Senator Lamar Alexander have disappointed once again and have shown that protecting veterans rights is not on their minds and preserving benefits to those here illegally is a bigger concern. It was an amendment for Gods sake guys, not a change to or attempt to kill the whole bill.
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The 67-33 roll vote Tuesday by which the Senate advanced a bipartisan budget bill that essentially extends spending and very few overall cuts. The vote removes the final hurdle to Senate passage. The Democratic-led chamber is expected to approve the bill on Wednesday.
A “yes” vote is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 53 Democrats, 12 Republicans and 2 independents.
Voting no were 0 Democrats and 33 Republicans.
Baldwin, Wis.; Baucus, Mont.; Begich, Alaska; Bennet, Colo.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Booker, N.J.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Carper, Del.; Casey, Pa.; Coons, Del.; Donnelly, Ind.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Hagan, N.C.; Harkin, Iowa; Heinrich, N.M.; Heitkamp, N.D.; Hirono, Hawaii; Johnson, S.D.; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Landrieu, La.; Leahy, Vt.; Levin, Mich.; Manchin, W.V.; Markey, Mass.; McCaskill, Mo.; Menendez, N.J.; Merkley, Ore.; Mikulski, Md.; Murphy, Conn.; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Pryor, Ark.; Reed, R.I.; Reid, Nev.; Rockefeller, W.V.; Schatz, Hawaii; Schumer, N.Y.; Shaheen, N.H.; Stabenow, Mich.; Tester, Mont.; Udall, Colo.; Udall, N.M.; Warner, Va.; Warren, Mass.; Whitehouse, R.I.; Wyden, Ore.
Alexander, Tenn.; Blunt, Mo.; Chambliss, Ga.; Collins, Maine; Flake, Ariz.; Hatch, Utah; Hoeven, N.D.; Isakson, Ga.; Johnson, Wis.; McCain, Ariz.; Murkowski, Alaska; Portman, Ohio.
Ayotte, N.H.; Barrasso, Wyo.; Boozman, Ark.; Burr, N.C.; Coats, Ind.; Coburn, Okla.; Cochran, Miss.; Corker, Tenn.; Cornyn, Texas; Crapo, Idaho; Cruz, Texas; Enzi, Wyo.; Fischer, Neb.; Graham, S.C.; Grassley, Iowa; Heller, Nev.; Inhofe, Okla.; Johanns, Neb.; Kirk, Ill.; Lee, Utah; McConnell, Ky.; Moran, Kan.; Paul, Ky.; Risch, Idaho; Roberts, Kan.; Rubio, Fla.; Scott, S.C.; Sessions, Ala.; Shelby, Ala.; Thune, S.D.; Toomey, Pa.; Vitter, La.; Wicker, Miss.
King, Maine; Sanders, Vt.
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