John Cornyn Loves Our Troops or Does He?

Posted on 05/26/2008. Filed under: 2008 elections, john cornyn, lt. col. rick noriega, TX-US Senate |

Sen. John Cornyn announced last week that he will sponsor a bill to make sure our troops are able to vote in elections and their mail in ballots will be sent to them and returned in a timely manor. He is also proud of the fact that he has never voted against a funding bill for the Iraq War. What he fails to say is how many times he has voted against funding for American Veterans.

CORNYN LETTING VETERANS DOWN 19 TIMES

FACT SHEET

#1
March 2003: Against $1 Billion for Veterans

On Mar. 21, 2003, the Senate REJECTED (49-51) the Dorgan amendment (#385) to S Con Res 23, which increased funding for discretionary programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs by $1.02 million. (Roll Call 74, 2003)

John Cornyn: NAY

#2
March 2003: Against Health Care Benefits for National Guard

On Mar. 25, 2003, the Senate REJECTED (46-51) the Lincoln amendment to S Con Res 23, which gave health care benefits to National Guard members while not on duty. (Roll Call 81, 2003)

John Cornyn: NAY

#3
March 2004: Against $2.7 Billion Increase in Veterans’ Health Care

On Mar. 9, 2004, the Senate REJECTED (44-53) the Daschle amendment (#2,710) to S Con Res 95, which created a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans’ medical care by $2.7 billion and lowered the national debt by reducing the President’s tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes in excess of $1 million a year. (Roll Call 34, 2004)

John Cornyn: NAY

#4
March 2004: Against $1.8 Billion Increase in Veterans’ Medical Care

On Mar. 10, 2004, the Senate REJECTED (46-51) the Nelson amendment (#2,745) to S Con Res 95, which created a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans’ medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. (Roll Call 40, 2004)

John Cornyn: NAY

#5
June 2004: Against Expanding Health Care Benefits for National Guard

On Jun. 2, 2004, the Senate PASSED (70-25) the Graham amendment (#3,258) to S 2400, regarding TRI-CARE health care for National Guard and Reserves. (Roll Call 105, 2004)

John Cornyn: NAY

#6
June 2004: Against Increasing Medical Eligibility for Veterans

On Jun. 23, 2004, the Senate FAILED (49-48) to waive points of order on the Daschle amendment (#3,409) to S 2400, which increased the number of veterans eligible for medical benefits by 40 percent. (Roll Call 145, 2004)

John Cornyn: NAY

#7
March 2005: Against Increasing Veterans Medical Care

On Mar. 16, 2005, the Senate REJECTED (47-53) the Akaka amendment (#149) to S Con Res 18, which increased veterans medical care by $2.8 billion in 2006. (Roll Call 55, 2005)

John Cornyn: NAY

#8
April 2005: Against $1.975 Billion for Medical Care for Veterans

On Apr. 12, 2005, the Senate FAILED (46-54) to waive points of order on the Murray amendment (#344) to HR 1268, which provided $1.975 billion for medical care for veterans. (Roll Call 89, 2005)

John Cornyn: NAY

#9
April 2005: Against Increasing Military Death Gratuity

On Apr. 13, 2005, the Senate FAILED (25-75) to table the Kerry amendment (#334) to HR 1268, which increased the military death gratuity to $100,000. (Roll Call 92, 2005)

John Cornyn: AYE

#10
September 2005: Against Increasing Funding for Vet Counseling Service

On Sep. 22, 2005, the Senate REJECTED (48-50) the Akaka amendment (#1,852) to HR 2528, which provided an additional $10 million for the Readjustment Counseling Service. (Roll Call 242, 2005)

John Cornyn: NAY

#11
October 2005: Against Ensuring Health Care for Veterans

On Oct. 5, 2005, the Senate FAILED (48-51) to waive points of order on the Stabenow amendment (#1,937) to HR 2863, which ensured that future funding for health care for former members of the Armed Forces takes into account changes in population and inflation. (Roll Call 251, 2005)

John Cornyn: NAY

#12
November 2005: Against Increased Funding for VA Mental Health

On Nov. 17, 2005, the Senate FAILED (43-55) to waive points of order on the Boxer amendment (#2,634) to S 2020, which provided an additional $500 million to be used for readjustment counseling and related mental health services for veterans. (Roll Call 343, 2005)

John Cornyn: NAY

#13
February 2006: For Tax Cuts over Veterans Health Care

On Feb. 2, 2006, the Senate FAILED (44-53) to waive points of order on the Dodd amendment (#2,735) to HR 4297, which made it a priority to support the health needs of our veterans and military personnel and make tax rates fairer for all Americans. (Roll Call 7, 2006)

John Cornyn: NAY

#14
February 2006: Against Limiting Tax Cuts to Pay for VA Health Care

On Feb. 13, 2006, the Senate REJECTED (40-53) the Dodd motion to instruct conferees on HR 4297, which limited capital gains and dividend benefits to pay for veteran’s benefits. (Roll Call 15, 2006)

John Cornyn: NAY

#15
March 2006: Against $1.5 Billion Increase in VA Medical Services

On Mar. 14, 2006, the Senate REJECTED (46-54) the Akaka amendment (#3,007) to S Con Res 83, which increased veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion. (Roll Call 41, 2006)

John Cornyn: NAY

#16
March 2006: For Tripling Health Care Fees for Military Retirees

On Mar. 16, 2006, the Senate REJECTED (46-53) the Kerry amendment (#3,143) to S Con Res 83, which eliminated a tripling of fees for veterans in the TRICARE health care program. (Roll Call 67, 2006)

John Cornyn: NAY

#17
March 2006: Against Assured Funding for Veterans

On Mar. 16, 2006, the Senate REJECTED (46-54) the Stabenow amendment (#3,141) to S Con Res 83, which provided an assured stream of funding for veterans’ health care. (Roll Call 63, 2006)

John Cornyn: NAY

#18
May 2006: Against $20 Million for Medical Facilities for Veterans

On May 4, 2006, the Senate REJECTED (39-59) the Thune amendment (#3,704) to HR 4939, which provided $20 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Medical Facilities. (Roll Call 111, 2006)

John Cornyn: AYE

#19
March 2007: Against 2007 Iraq-Veteran’s Health Care Spending Bill

On Mar. 29, 2007, the Senate PASSED (51-47) HR 1591, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act. The bill contained money for war spending and veterans’ health care.
(Roll Call 126, 2007)

John Cornyn: NAY

Now let’s not forget that Box Turtle voted against the New GI Bill also but what do you expect from a senator who only wants to send them to die but could care less about them in any other way?

In Texas, we have a change to change all this in November. We can and must elect Lt. Col. Rick Noriega as the next Senator from Texas. Read Rick’s great op-ed piece at the Houston Chronicle and after reading go to Act Blue and make a donation to help Lt. Col. Rick Noriega become the next senator from Texas. Our Troops are counting on you.

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