U.S. Senator John McCain today released the following statement regarding the Veterans Job Corps Act:
"The intent of S. 3457, the Veterans Job Corps Act, is a noble one. However, our country is facing a fiscal crisis - with a deficit of nearly $1.2 trillion and more than $16 trillion in debt - we cannot continue to pass legislation that ignores these facts and leaves the bills to be paid by future generations of Americans. The Senate Democratic Leadership was well aware that this bill exceeded the spending cap of the Veterans Affairs Committee -- a clear violation of the Budget Control Act. While I support many of the items within this bill, and I am firmly committed to eliminating the unemployment crisis faced by our veterans, we cannot continue to add to our debt and deficit. Unfortunately, Majority Leader Reid has refused to allow any Republican-sponsored amendments to be offered to this legislation. Had he done so, my colleagues and I would have happily offered an alternative that would have preserved the original bills job-creating components without adding to our nation's debt and deficit. Successful, common sense legislation requires bi-partisanship and compromise. Our returning heroes deserve nothing less. I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that America's veterans have every opportunity for a happy and successful life."