WASHINGTON — The House approved a homeless veterans housing bill overwhelmingly Wednesday, even though White House advisers warned they'd urge President Bush to veto it.
The bill sponsored by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, authorizes spending $200 million on housing and services for veterans, requires 20,000 rental vouchers a year for low-income housing for veterans and authorizes $1 million for grants to nonprofit groups to provide housing and services for veterans.
The bill, which passed 412-9, also creates a job in the Department of Housing and Urban Development for someone to coordinate with Veterans Affairs on homelessness and make regular reports to Congress on the issue.
The Senate version of the bill is sponsored by Democrat Barack Obama, the Illinois lawmaker who is the party's presumptive presidential nominee.
Click here to read the bill.
Seems to be standard operating procedure with the Bush Administration. The conservative media seems to have a tough time realizing that homelessness among returning military personel as well.
The man at the forefront of the "there is not a homeless vet problem" is - you guessed it - Bill O'Reilly.
For the better part of the first of the year, O'Reilly was claiming that there was not a homeless vet problem. Quite possibly the main reason that O'Reilly considered such a claim ridiculous was the fact that Presidential candidate John Edwards was championing the rights of homeless vets.
And when several of these same vets came to Fox News headquarters, rather than speaking with them about their issues, Bill O'Reilly ( via his ambush-hungry producers ) berated the vets for not watching Fox"News".
The proposed legislation passed overwhelmingly within in the Congress - only 9 people voted against it. It's a pretty safe bet that most or all of those 9 votes were from Republican congressmen(women). The question remains - why is the Bush administration threatening a veto on this?
Because, silly, if we admit that there is a problem with returning vets the terrorists win.
I thought you knew that already.