Sunday, July 20, 2003

Why do Republicans still hate retired veterans?

Because Bush wants them to, of course:

Action this year, if the Bush administration continues to oppose concurrent receipt, would be for Republicans to join Democrats in signing a discharge petition by Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., to force a vote on HR 303, legislation that would end the ban on concurrent receipt for all 710,000 retirees who served 20 or more years and have VA-rated disabilities.
Marshall's petition has turned an uncomfortable spotlight on Republicans who co-sponsored HR 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act, but balk at forcing a vote on it because Bush opposes the bill. Only one Republican, Tom Tancredo of Colorado, has signed the discharge petition.

At last count, there were 348 cosponsors and 201 signatures on the petition. Now, there are 352 cosponsors and 202 signatures on the petition. So, basically, there are 150 people who want their names on this legislation, but don't really care if it passes or not. Given that 201 of the signatures on the petition belong to Democrats, and there are only 204 Democrats total, you can guess how many of those 150 are Republican. All of them.