Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Senate’s Approval Thursday Of Employment Assistance For Veterans

[The U.S. Senate Thursday approved legislation that includes veterans employment tax credits proposed by President Obama.  The veterans tax credits were added to legislation to repeal a requirement that federal, state and local governments begin withholding 3 percent of payments to their contractors in 2013.  The bill goes next to the House for action.  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) voted for this and two other veterans workforce assistance measures approved by the Senate Thursday and is an original cosponsor of the veterans tax credit measure, which is also supported by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)].

“This tax incentive is a targeted, meaningful step to help our veterans, who face a higher rate of unemployment than average citizens, find work as they adjust to the civilian workforce during a tough economy.  The fact that veterans bravely and selflessly chose first to serve their country should not mean long waiting lines for jobs once they return home.  

“Along with these veterans employment tax credits, the Senate-passed bill also includes two other measures I consider important and valuable in meeting veterans’ needs.  The first is the ‘Hiring Heroes Act,’ which I have also cosponsored.  And the second is the VOW Act, to renew Montgomery GI Bill benefits over a two year period for unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60.  I have heard from unemployed Vietnam and post-Vietnam-era veterans in Vermont about the workforce problems they continue to face, and they have earned and deserve this helping hand.”

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