"We just completed this vote to a waste of 30 hours on this," Reid said after the vote on the motion to proceed. "We now have to wait two days to continue … we’re going to come in after midnight Friday on this."
"What a charade and farce," Paul said. "They don’t even pretend to work with the other side."
In his own defense, Paul said he wasn't obstructing, he only wanted 15 minutes of the Senate's time on an amendment vote for his bill.
Reid suggested that his "friend from Kentucky should have run from Secretary of State rather than the Senate." He also said that he hopes an agreement on amendments is reached so that the Senate doesn't have to stay in town until roughly 3 a.m. Saturday.
The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would create new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others.
“It’s not enough to give our veterans a pat on the back for their service, we also need to give them a helping hand into the jobs market,” Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal Dems call for better birth control access for female troops US wins aerospace subsidies trade case over the EU MORE (D-Wash.) said in a floor speech Wednesday.
The $1 billion bill is paid for with new revenue over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office reported that the three new sources of that pay for the legislation would raise $1.2 billion after 10 years — but the bill would only be in effect for five years.
Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Trump, Clinton discuss counterterrorism with Egyptian president GOP senators want immigration details on attack suspects MORE (R-Ala.) said the bill violates the Budget Control Act since it would increase the Veterans’ Affairs Department budget by $1 billion.
“The Veterans Job Corp bill could be a positive piece of legislation, I’m not speaking about the intent of the bill, but as ranking member of the budget committee, I have to point out that this bill violates the budget,” Sessions said on the floor Wednesday. “What this new bill, with good purpose, does is spend a billion dollars more than we agreed to spend.”
Murray and Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonOvernight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Overnight Energy: Judges scrutinize Obama climate rule Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (D-Fla.) led the effort for the legislation. Sen. Richard BurrRichard BurrDem groups invest big in Bayh in Ind. Senate race The Trail 2016: Fight night Poll finds races for president, Senate tight in North Carolina MORE’s (R-N.C.) Republican alternative bill was incorporated into the legislation to make it more bipartisan.
Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight The Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him MORE (R-Okla.) called the bill a political “charade” earlier in the day since most lawmakers don’t want to vote against veterans’ issues.
“What’s really happening here is we’re playing the political card because how could anyone oppose the Veterans Job Corp?” Coburn said. “The better question is how callous it is to put forward a bill that we don’t know if it will work.”
Coburn said he thinks more time should be spent evaluating the six veteran job programs already in existence to see how effective they are before passing another.
Republican Sens. Roy BluntRoy BluntSenate rivals gear up for debates Super PAC hits Dem Senate candidate with ad in tightening Missouri race The Trail 2016: Presidential politics and policing MORE (Mo.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Jim DeMint (S.C.), James InhofeJames InhofeFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Senate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal Shutdown risk grows over Flint MORE (Okla.), Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonDem groups invest big in Bayh in Ind. Senate race DHS head: 750 immigrants granted accidental citizenship Johnson links Dem opponent to Clinton email scandal MORE (Wis.), Mike LeeMike LeeFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Shutdown risk grows over Flint Conservative group presses GOP to vote against spending bill MORE (Utah), Paul and Sessions voted no.
S. 3457 would establish 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 would also establish 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.
Burr’s additions, among other things, help veterans and their families who are small business owner by giving them preference with government contracts.