The Sad, True McCain Record on Veterans

McCain Refuses to Support Sen. Jim Webb’s and Chuck Hagel’s new GI Bill.

The bill, officially called the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007”, would establish a program of educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces who serve in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001.

Sen. Jim Webb has called on McCain to sign on as a co-sponsor to his GI bill

The bill has 51 co-sponsors – including 9 Republicans – but needs 60 co-sponsors to make it filibuster proof.

McCain Voted Against $19 Billion for Military Hospitals, Choosing Tax Cuts for Wealthiest Earners over Veterans.

In February 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided for at least $19 billion for military health facilities, paid for by eliminating tax cuts for the wealthiest earners.
*Senate Amendment 2735, Amendment failed.

McCain Voted Against Legislation to Provide $2.8 Billion For Medical Care for Veterans.

McCain voted against a 2006 Democratic amendment that would have provided $2.8 billion to increase veterans’ medical care.
*Senate Amendment 149, Amendment failed.

McCain Voted Against Establishing $1 Billion Trust Fund to Provide Improvements to Military and Veterans’ Health Facilities

McCain voted against an Amendment to establish a $1 billion trust fund to provide improvements to health facilities that treat veterans and military personnel paid for by allowing dividends and capital gains tax breaks, for those with incomes greater than $1 million to lapse on December 31, 2006.
*Senate Amendment 2735

McCain Chooses Corporations Over Veterans, Voting Against Adding $1.5 billion to Veterans’ Medical Services in 2007 Budget by Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes.

McCain voted against an Amendment offered by Democrats to increase medical services funding to veterans by $1.5 billion in 2007, to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
*Senate Amendment 3007

McCain Voted Against Mandatory Funding of $6.9 Billion in 2007 Budget and $104 Billion Over Five Years for Veterans’ Health Care.

McCain voted against a Democratic amendment to provide a mandatory stream of funding of $6.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 and $104 billion over five years for veterans’ health care; paid for by restoring the pre-2001 top tax rate for incomes over $1 million and closing various corporate tax loopholes.
Senate Amendment 3141

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.

The legislation would have provided minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
*Senate Amendment 2909

April 2006: McCain one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430 million for Medical Services for the Department of Veteran Affairs for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

Despite his vote against, it passed overwhelmingly, 84-13 (3 not voting). All 13 voting against were Republicans.
*Senate Amendment 3642

October 2003: McCain voted against an amendment offered by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322 million for safety equipment for troops in Iraq.
*Senate Amendment 1817

April 2003: McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.
*Senate Amendment 452

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650 million.
*Senate Amendment 1218

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  1. For all the talk about McCain being a maverick, he’s been consistent in marching in lockstep with the Bush administration, with the only significant point of departure being on campaign finance reform. And I suspect that his desire to push for reform in how campaigns raise money had more to do with Bush’s mastery of bundling huge sums in 2000 when he trampled McCain on the way to the GOP nomination.

    Senator McCain has demonstrated no genuine concern for the well being of the troops, and indeed, regards them as mere pawns to be used and abused in a continuation of Bush’s disastrous foreign policy objectives. For McCain, Bush, and the majority of the GOP, it’s all about projecting U.S. military power for economic gain.

    Sadly, Senator McCain parades around claiming that his experience as a prisoner of war is evidence of his capability to lead this nation. While each of us honor him for his service, and genuinely regret the torture he endured, I’ve yet to have seen anyone adequately explain why that horrific episode qualifies him for the presidency.

    We need to focus on the facts. McCain embraces war as a noble means to achieve ignoble objectives. And although he’s objected to the label, he is indeed a warmonger.

    That’s especially tragic for the brave men and women who don our nation’s uniform with an altruistic desire to defend and preserve our highest ideals. For in the end, should McCain win the presidency, their lives will be expended in a contradiction of America’s ideals and principles.

  2. If McCain votes to appropriate money for the vets or the troops, he won’t have money to start another war. Since he plans to be a war president like Bush, he has to start acting like one now.

    He must act tough and tell the military that it’s all about sacrificing for The Cause (whatever one he chooses).

    By cutting the troops off at the knees, McCain hopes to convince conservatives that he means business…maybe they will vote for him yet?

  3. […] is not a friend of Veteran’s and you can read all the votes he had against legislation over at Donkey O. D. that would have helped veteran’s and active duty people in service to our nation. GI’s don’t […]

  4. […] The Sad, True McCain Record on Veterans donkey o.d. In February 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided for at least $19 billion for military health facilities, paid for by eliminating tax cuts for the wealthiest earners. *Senate Amendment 2735, Amendment failed. McCain Voted Against Legislation to Provide $2.8 Billion For Medical Care for Veterans. McCain voted against a 2006 Democratic amendment that would have provided $2.8 billion to increase veterans medical care. *Senate Amendment 149, Amendment failed. McCain Voted Against Establishing $1 Billion Trust Fund to Provide Improvements to Military and Veterans Health Facilities McCain voted against an Amendment to establish a $1 billion trust fund to provide improvements to health facilities that treat veterans and military personnel paid for by allowing dividends and capital gains tax breaks, for those with incomes greater than $1 million to lapse on December 31, 2006. *Senate Amendment 2735 McCain Chooses Corporations Over Veterans, Voting Against Adding $1.5 billion to Veterans Medical Services in 2007 Budget by Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes. McCain voted against an Amendment offered by Democrats to increase medical services funding to veterans by $1.5 billion in 2007, to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes. *Senate Amendment 3007 McCain Voted Against Mandatory Funding of $6.9 Billion in 2007 Budget and $104 Billion Over Five Years for Veterans Health Care. McCain voted against a Democratic amendment to provide a mandatory stream of funding of $6.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 and $104 billion over five years for veterans health care; paid for by restoring the pre-2001 top tax rate for incomes over $1 million and closing various corporate tax loopholes. Senate Amendment 3141 September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. The legislation would have provided minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. *Senate Amendment 2909 April 2006: McCain one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430 million for Medical Services for the Department of Veteran Affairs for outpatient care and treatment for veterans. Despite his vote against, it passed overwhelmingly, 84-13 (3 not voting). All 13 voting against were Republicans. *Senate Amendment 3642 October 2003: McCain voted against an amendment offered by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322 million for safety equipment for troops in Iraq. *Senate Amendment 1817 April 2003: McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests. *Senate Amendment 452 August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650 million. *Senate Amendment 1218 […]


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