A package of benefits for veterans became a casualty of election-year sniping on Capitol Hill last week.
Republicans said they supported much of what Democrats included in the legislation, but not everything. At least one concern rings true – expanding benefits to more people too quickly could have swamped a system that already faces severe delays.
Republicans wanted to offer amendments that could be debated, then approved or rejected. They said Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid should have allowed them to do so. They’re right.
But Democrats also cried foul when Republicans tried to attach a measure on sanctions against Iran. Sanctions might be worth discussing, but not in this legislation.
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Democrats said this showed bad faith. They’re right.
Each party put demands on the table that it knew in advance the other side couldn’t accept. Now they are posturing.
Let’s hope Congress gets around to taking veterans seriously, perhaps after Election Day, and revisits some of the measures that were in this bill.