Senator Webb passes GI Bill

It is very hard as a freshman Senator to get anything of substance done in Congress but Senator Jim Webb of Virginia has done exactly that. He pushed the GI Bill through both houses of Congress. He attached the bill to other legislation and dared the President to veto it. Senator Jim Webb may be that rarest of politicians. One who has principles and sticks by them. He is someone who said that he supports the troops and then proved to EVERYONE that he, in fact, supports the troops.

From WaPo:

POLITICAL PROMISES are easy to make, harder to keep. So it is a testament to the tenacity of Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) and the justice of his cause that Congress has enacted a new GI Bill for war veterans. The freshman senator’s ability to work across party lines means that the men and women who risk their lives for America’s well-being will, in return, get expanded education benefits, along with opportunities for better futures.

The expansion of education benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans is part of the $257.5 billion emergency spending bill that passed the Senate on Thursday. The House gave its approval earlier, and President Bush is expected to sign it this week. The timing is fitting, considering that 64 years ago last Sunday, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the original GI Bill, which made a college education affordable for millions of World War II veterans. Today’s warriors are equally deserving, but the system, designed for a peacetime military, has not kept pace with the costs of college. Mr. Webb’s bill — The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act — is true to the original in providing full tuition, housing and living costs. (more…)

There are very few politicians that I admire.
As I read more and more about these guys and gals, they really don’t resemble anything that I’m familiar with. Senator Jim Webb maybe that rare guy who promises that he will be over on Tuesday to help you built that back deck and on Tuesday he shows up to help.

I congratulate Senator Webb and Senator Hagel for getting this bill through. I also congratulate our troops for a job well done. Here’s their reward.

5 Responses

  1. The military families will be celebrating for sure this 4th of July. They earned this. I love the fact that McCain didn’t even show up to vote up or down. Bush at least said he would sign it and McCain as far as i know still doesn’t approve.

  2. I haven’t been following this real closely–but hasn’t Senator McCain been stumping in ways to take credit for the passage of this bill? Even though he opposed the legislation and then avoided a vote on it. I thought I saw a clip on MSNBC the other day.

  3. Senator McCain and our president, Mr. Bush, have been speaking publically in favor of the new GI bill under the guise that they initially supported it. Of all the theatrics this election season, I thought this act to be one of the most demeaning. Senator McCain, a man who I have a lot of respect for, but who I do not feel is a valid candidate for preseident, should take the high road on this one and admit that the bill was not supported by him or Mr. Bush. To pretend otherwise, and allow the American people to believe that he did is genuinely dishonest. One of his fellow vets and pols, Senator Jim Webb, has said as much recently. Listen, you can dangling shiny objects in the eyes of the American public as much as you want, but you should not outright LIE. This will come back to haunt both of them.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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