“This bill says all good ideas are welcome because our veterans need all the help they can get and it’s fully paid for in a bipartisan way,” Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurrayLawmakers send McCain well wishes after cancer diagnosis Trump labor board nominees advance in Senate Dems tout failure of GOP healthcare bill MORE (D-Wash.) said in a floor speech Tuesday. “Our veterans don’t ask for a lot ... but our veterans shouldn’t have to ask, we should know how to provide for them.”

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The $1 billion bill would pay for itself by allowing the IRS to more actively go after some who have failed to pay taxes — new revenue.

Debate on the bill will continue as leadership works toward an agreement on amendments. If they agree, a roll-call vote will likely happen later this week.

“Veterans returning home from across the country are watching us and they certainly don’t have time for politics to block they’re ability to get a job,” Murray said.

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTalk of Trump pardons reverberates on Sunday shows Paul says president likely has authority to pardon himself Paul still supports repealing, replacing ObamaCare at the same time MORE (R-Ky.) voted against the bill.

Last month, the bill was introduced after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were more than 225,000 unemployed post-9/11 veterans, who would be the benefactors of the legislation.

Murray and Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonGore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Honda recalls 1.2 million cars over battery fires Vulnerable senators raise big money ahead of 2018 MORE led the effort for the legislation. Both pointed out before the vote that returning service members have valuable job skills, such as leadership ability, discipline, technical skills, teamwork and the ability to perform under pressure, because of their military training.

“When you met some of these folks young and old, they’ve already done the tough, tough job and then they come home and have tough times as well,” Nelson said. “They are extremely skilled. We need to give them as many opportunities to succeed when they get back here in America. It’s up to us to stand by our soldiers.”

The $1 billion bill establishes a Veterans Job Corps for five years. The bill would set up a pilot program that would allow veterans to search for jobs on a new website, and create “one-stop job centers” where they could receive help using the site, if needed. 

The bill also establishes a Transition Assistance Program for veterans and their spouses in a few states with the highest levels of unemployed vets.

Some veterans receive on-the-job training while in service, but that doesn’t always transfer over into civilian life. S. 3457 would make it easier for veterans to get job certifications and licenses in states by counting military training that’s relevant to become certified as a nursing assistant, or to get a commercial driver's license or an EMT license.

Democratic Sens. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalTrump attack puts Sessions in bind Dem leaders amp up calls for bipartisan ObamaCare fixes Three Dem senators call for 'immediate review' of Kushner's security clearance MORE (Conn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTrump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana OPINION | Hey Dems, Russia won't define 2018, so why not fix your party's problems instead? Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump MORE (N.Y.), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOPINION | Shailene Woodley: US should run on renewable energy by 2050 Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Callista Gingrich touts Trump's commitment to environment despite Paris deal pullout MORE (Ore.), Charles SchumerCharles SchumerTalk of Trump pardons reverberates on Sunday shows Schumer: Dems didn't 'tell people what we stood for' in 2016 Schumer: Dems, not Russia, are to blame for loss to Trump MORE (N.Y.), Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowGOP consultant: Kid Rock would be 'prohibitive favorite' if he enters Michigan Senate race Warren on Kid Rock Senate run: 'We all thought Trump was joking,' too Dems abuse yet another Senate tradition to block Trump's agenda MORE (Mich.) and Ron WydenRon WydenTrump and GOP wise to keep tax reform and infrastructure separate Dem senator questions Justice Department on warrantless surveillance FCC says it cannot provide more proof of claimed cyberattack MORE (Ore.) also co-sponsored the bill.