Senate Additions Could Delay Job Acts Past Veterans Day


The House of Representatives recently passed its veterans employment bill, the Veterans’ Opportunity to Work Act. All eyes are now focused on the Senate, who is working on its own version of the bill, the Hiring Heroes Act.

Senate Democrats are considering adding two White House-sponsored tax provisions that could delay a final vote, making it unlikely a final bill could be signed into law by Veterans Day.  Because the Senate is considering a vote on a bill that’s different from the House-approved measure, the bill would have to return for another vote in the House if it is passed through the Senate. The Republican-controlled Senate has so far been reluctant to approve any job-related provisions.

“With the veteran unemployment rate at 11.7 percent, veterans don’t want empty lip service next Friday,” Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told Military Times. “They want action and jobs.”

The proposed measures would provide businesses with a $2,400 tax credit for hiring any unemployed veteran, a $4,800 tax credit for hiring a veteran who has been out of work for at least six months and a $9,600 tax credit for hiring a veteran with a service-connected disability who has been out of work for six months.

Stay tuned to VA Benefit Blog for updates on this crucial legislation.


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5 thoughts on “Senate Additions Could Delay Job Acts Past Veterans Day”

  1. “Republican-controlled Senate”? Might want to change that unless you’re saying that the Republican side of the Senate has so far been reluctant to approve any job-related provisions.

  2. “The Republican-controlled Senate has so far been reluctant to approve any job-related provisions”

    There are currently 51 Democrats and 47 Republicans in the Senate which does not make it “Republican controlled”. That will come in 2012.

  3. Mario S Loya Jr

    Don’t hold your breath about these IDIOTS doing anything for the Vets. I am a disabled vet myself and started fighting the VA since 1970. Right now everybody praises the Vets. With all the BS about cuts here and there we will be written out I’d say within 5 years. The Congress and the populous will conveniently start complaining about Money shortages and cut benefits. But we as a country will still give corporations incentives to close businesses here and go over seas. They get TAX credits to do this with no taxes paid on their profit. The Stupid Government officials should take all these incentives and start taxing the shit out of them. The powers to be should start helping the people here in the US instead of aiding the whole world. We Vets will be forgotten JUST LIKE THE VIETNAM VETS WERE. I wish it were not so but all those idiots should be voted out and get new people in there that do not owe Banks, Oil Companies and etc because of their DONATIONS. VETS BE WARE. I do not have faith in our present government officials and you should feel the same.

    Member of VFW, DAV, American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America.

  4. I believe ya! As you, I have been fighting the VA since 1995. It’s all politics and about money! My Pain Management Dr. at the VA was a Green Beret in Vietnam, he went to school and became a Physicians Assistant! His exact words were this…… “The VA will only increase your compensation only if you get enough people to stand up for you in your hearing, which could take years to finally become a reality, it’s all about money anyway”! It’s sad that we have taken the call to protect, go to war, and to fight for our country while the politicians do nothing but take credit for our actions. I have no faith in our government anymore. I’ll just buy more ammo…. Semper Fi….. Jason

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