Evergreene Digest: Congress kills military sexual assault bill while denying health care benefits for veterans

  • If Obama had weighed in, Gillibrand said he could have helped tip the scales in favor of her proposal.
  • When a scandal becomes a cause
  • Republicans Block Bill to Expand Healthcare and Education for Veterans

Darren Samuelsohn, Juana Summers, Anna Palmer, Politico

3/6/14 |Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came up short Thursday in her yearlong campaign to overhaul military sexual-assault policies, falling five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.

The New York Democrat’s bill, which would have removed the chain of command from prosecuting sexual assaults and other major military crimes, was derailed in the Senate on a 55-45 vote, closing out one chapter in a debate that divided the Senate but not along typical partisan lines.

Darren Samuelsohn is a senior policy reporter for Politico Pro; Juana Summers is a defense reporter for Politico Pro; and Anna Palmer is a senior Washington correspondent for Politico.

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10 Senate Democrats killed the bill

The Senate voted yesterday on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act—the bill to better prosecute sexual assaults in the military and offer new protections to victims. We were five votes short of overcoming a filibuster.This is a tough loss. Daily Kos members have been working to support reform of the military justice system since Gillibrand took the lead on this issue last year. Over 256,000 Daily Kos members took action to support the bill, sending nearly 15,000 emails to undecided senators in the last week alone.We won the support of senators from across the political spectrum—from Elizabeth Warren to Rand Paul. But 10 Democrats and independent Sen. Angus King joined most Republicans to kill the bill.The military has been given another chance to address the epidemic of sexual assaults in its ranks. But if it fails once again, we’ll be back to fight this fight again—and I hope you’ll fight it with us again.Thank you and keep fighting,
Michael Langenmayr, Daily Kos

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When a scandal becomes a cause, Darren Samuelsohn, Juana Summers, Anna Palmer, Politico

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and supporters of her crusade to take military sexual assault cases out of the chain of command lost a major battle Thursday when the proposal was defeated in a procedural vote.
  • But the war is not over.

Republicans Block Bill to Expand Healthcare and Education for VeteransAllen CliftonForward Progressives

  • Harry Reid didn’t let this disgusting display by Republicans go without having a few choice words: “I hope all the veterans groups have witnessed all the contortions the Republicans have done to defeat this bill.  Shame on Republicans for bringing base politics into a bill to help veterans.” 
  • Thank You for Your Service ~ David Finkel

Allen CliftonForward Progressives

February 27, 2014 | One of the biggest problems I have with Republicans is their blatant hypocrisy.  They’ll portray themselves as the party of “small, fiscally conservative government” while advocating for laws which are the complete opposite.

Their rallying cry of “we support our troops” is another that’s a clear misnomer of exactly what policies they support.  Republicans frequently support sending our troops off to war and often oppose funding for programs which helps our troops when they’re not deployed to war.  To say Republicans “support our troops” is a blatant slap to the face of every man and woman who has served our country.

Hell, even their push to cut SNAP benefits impacted millions of families of those serving in our military.

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement.

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Thank You for Your Service ~ David Finkel, Reviewed by Ron Nesler, VA Is Lying

  • Let Us Help America Understand the Meaning of War 
  • February 17, 2014 | Thank You For Your Service is a book by David Finkel about the effects of war and combat on soldiers and their families, and about our government and our society’s failure … failure to support these wounded warriors and their traumatized families, after the war is over.  Amazon.com named this book the “Best Non-fiction Book of 2013.  I read it and it broke my heart and brought me to tears.

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