The Twelve Days of John Cornyn

Posted on 12/12/2007. Filed under: john cornyn, Texas GOP, texas politics, TX-US Senate |

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On the Second of Christmas John Cornyn Gave to Me…

Two Abandoned Veterans

When most of us are on Santa’s “naughty list”, our present is fruitcake, and the worst offenders wind up with a lump of coal. But U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s gift to our troops and veterans over the last six Christmases is clear: “Here’s a mine and some pickaxes, go get your own coal.”

It doesn’t matter whether its been money for armored Humvees, counseling and mental health services, healthcare, or most recently, a $65 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military construction operations – John Cornyn opposed them all, proving once again where his priorities are: clearly not with our troops. So while he is enjoying his Holiday Season, our troops, who continue to put their lives on the line, are once again left out in the cold.

Here is just a sampling of John Cornyn’s worst votes against America’s troops and veterans:

November 2007: $65 Billion for VA. This week, Cornyn put his loyalty to Bush ahead of his loyalty to veterans by voting to block veterans funding from going to the President’s desk. According to The Hill, “Republicans killed $65 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and for military construction operations.” [Vote #404, 11/7/07; The Hill, 11/8/07]

March 2006: Fee Hikes for TRICARE. During debate on the Fiscal Year 2007 budget resolution, Cornyn voted to kill an amendment that would have eliminated a tripling of fees for veterans in the TRICARE health care program by raising the discretionary spending limit by approximately $10 billion. President Bush’s budget proposal included fee hikes for the military’s TRICARE health program for retirees under 65 and their families and, according to critics, “ would double or triple health care premiums for about 3 million military retirees.” [Vote #67, 3/16/06; Washington Post, 3/16/06]

March 2006: Mandatory Vets’ Health Care Benefits. During debate on the Fiscal Year 2007 budget resolution, Cornyn voted to kill an amendment that would have made veterans’ health benefits a mandatory program at a cost of $104 billion over five years, to be offset by closing corporate tax loopholes and rolling back tax cuts for millionaires. The bill’s sponsor explained that the amendment “provides full funding for veterans medical care to ensure that the VA has the resources necessary to provide quality health care in a timely manner to our Nation’s sick and disabled veterans.” [Vote #63, 3/16/06; Stabenow Floor Speech, 3/16/06]

March 2006: $1.5 Billion for Veterans’ Health Care. During debate on the Fiscal Year 2007 budget resolution, Cornyn voted to kill an amendment that would have closed corporate tax loopholes in order to increase veterans’ health care funding by $1.5 billion. [Vote #41, 3/14/06; Spokesman-Review , 3/15/06]

February 2006: Prioritize Vets’ Health Care. In February 2006, Cornyn voted to kill a motion to instruct conferees on the 2006 tax cut package to insist that the conference report include funding to support health needs of veterans and military personnel in lieu of an extension of tax breaks for millionaires. The motion’s sponsor explained that the money saved by rolling back tax cuts for just 0.2% of all taxpayers could be used to pay for veterans’ health care and disability payments for veterans. [Vote #15, 2/13/06; Dodd Floor Speech, 2/13/06]

February 2006: $19 Billion for Hospitals. In February 2006, Cornyn voted against an amendment that would have provided at least $19 billion for military and veterans hospitals, to be offset by rolling back tax cuts for millionaires. According to an official from the American Legion, the proposed funding “acknowledges the need for adequate funding to ensure our nation’s veterans receive the healthcare and other benefits to which they are entitled.” [Vote #7, 2/2/06; Dodd Floor Speech, 2/2/06]

October 2005: Adjust Vets’ Health Care for Inflation. In October 2005, Cornyn voted to kill an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have established a formula by which veterans’ health care funding would be adjusted to account for changes in population and inflation. [Vote #251, 10/5/05; CQ Today, 10/5/05]

September 2005: $10 Million for Readjustment Counseling. In September 2005, Cornyn voted against an amendment that would have added $10 million to the Readjustment Counseling Service and decreased the HealtheVet technology budget by the same amount. Supporters said the additional funds would ensure soldiers returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan could receive treatment. [Vote #242, 9/22/05; Tulsa World, 9/25/05]

April 2005: $1.98 Billion For VA. During debate on the 2005 war spending bill, Cornyn twice voted to kill a proposal to increase VA funding by $1.98 billion, of which $840 million would be for veterans’ regional health networks, $610 million would be used to address the needs of active duty troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and $525 million would go to mental health care and treatment. [Vote #89, 4/12/05; Vote #90, 4/12/05; News Tribune , 4/13/05]

March 2005: VA Budget Cuts. The Senate Republicans’ initial FY06 budget resolution slashed domestic discretionary programs by $204 billion over five years, including significant cuts to veterans’ benefits. Arguing against the budget, the leader of the American Legion said, ” No veteran should be shortchanged by those in Congress with higher national priorities than the ongoing cost of war.” The final version of the budget included $212 billion in cuts to domestic discretionary programs, including veterans’ health care. Cornyn supported both versions. [Vote #81, 3/17/05; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/1/05; American Legion Press Release, 3/18/05; Vote #114, 4/28/05; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/6/05; Congressional Record, 4/28/05]

March 2005: $2.8 Billion for Vets’ Health Care. During debate on the Fiscal Year 2006 budget resolution, Cornyn voted to kill an amendment that would have increased veterans’ health care funding by $2.8 billion. [Vote #55, 3/16/05; CQ Today, 3/16/05]

June 2004: 30% Hike for Veterans’ Health Care. In 2005, Cornyn voted against an amendment that “would have provided a 30 percent increase in funding for fiscal year 2005 and in subsequent years assured adequate funding levels to meet the needs of a growing number of veterans seeking health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.” [Vote #145, 6/23/04; Spokesman Review, 6/25/04]

March 2004: Reserve Fund for Vets’ Health Care. During debate on the Fiscal Year 2005 budget resolution, Cornyn voted to kill an amendment that would have created a reserve fund of up to $1.8 billion for veterans’ health programs. [Vote #40, 3/10/04; Tulsa World, 3/14/04]

March 2003: $1 Billion for Veterans’ Programs. During debate on the Fiscal Year 2004 budget resolution, Cornyn opposed an amendment that would have increased veterans’ funding by $1 billion, to be offset by rolling back tax cuts. [Vote #74, 3/21/03]

Thank you to Amber Moon and Hector Nieto of the Texas Democratic Party for this gem.

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