Thursday, September 20, 2012

Congress passes bill for unclaimed remains but kills bill for living

This is why the approval rate for congress is so low.
They manage to pass this

House OKs memorial for unidentified remains
By Rick Maze
Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to create a new memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to hold unidentifiable fragments or cremated remains of service members who died in combat zones or in the line of duty.

Establishment of the Place of Remembrance was included in HR 5948, a bill that also overhauls the assignment and removal of fiduciaries appointed to handle financial matters for veterans who cannot do so themselves. The bill passed by voice vote.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
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But they can't pass this!
Jobs bill for veterans bogs down in Senate
By Kevin Freking
The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked legislation Wednesday that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country’s federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments.

Republicans said the spending authorized in the bill violated limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of the 60-vote majority needed to waive the objection, forcing the legislation back to committee.

Supporters loosely modeled their proposal after the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps used during the Great Depression to put people to work planting trees, building parks and constructing dams. They said the latest monthly jobs report, showing a nearly 11 percent unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, merited action from Congress.
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