Senate conservatives blocked the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Act on Tuesday, following an objection from Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK, left), who spoke out in opposition to the bill. The $3.4 billion bill, introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), would have provided special benefits to homeless women veterans (as well as to homeless male veterans with dependent children).
Women returning from war have unique risk factors for homelessness, such as trauma from sexual assault while in the military and lower earning potential than men.
Blocking the bill is a puzzling move on the part of conservatives, for whom talking about things like Christian compassion, family values and supporting our troops is a cherished pastime. Must be the whole doing something thing that makes them squeamish.
The whole concept of doing something for Vets that involves spending money that might better go to their Masters in the M-I-C is not on their agenda. Talk is cheap and so are they.
And after all, these Vets are just women. Vessels of unholiness and 2d class citizens who need to be subservient anyway. Single mothers? They must all be undeserving whores. Their children? No-account little bastards who are out of the womb and thus rate nothing from Repugs.
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if a Repug Congress passes a law denying benefits to any Vet who participates in one of their for-profit wars if they don't win it like a football game.
No pull trigger, no get food. Support the troops my ass. The Repug bastards strike again.