Coburn: Veteran job bill another example of Congress's 'crap'
By Jonathan Easley - 09/20/12 11:54 AM EDT
“If in fact we’re going to address the economic problems in this country, you have to quit playing felonious accounting with what you’re doing, which is exactly what that bill did,” Coburn said Thursday on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." “It violated the Budget Control Act … it’s exactly the same kind of, pardon my word, crap, that Congress has done for years and does another. It was a gimmick and we knew it was a gimmick as far as getting around the spending. It’s time for us to start acting responsible.
“We have six government veterans jobs programs now and nobody knows if they’re working,” Coburn continued. “We’re spending a billion dollars a year on it and we were going to create another one that was supposed to be temporary.”
The bill would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historical preservation projects, police work and firefighting.
Ramsey Cox contributed.