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Rep. Jeff Flake voted for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and to put those wars on the nation's credit card, not asking any sacrifice from Americans to pay for those wars. The only sacrifice asked was from the approximately one percent of Americans who serve in the United States Armed Forces. And how did Jeff Flake thank them for their sacrifice and service to their country? Flake has consistently voted against veterans bnenefits, Representative Jeff Flake - Voting Records - Project Vote Smart, as laid out in this ad from VoteVets.org. Description of VoteVets Arizona Ad - Uniform:
Jeff Flake Voted for Iraq Use-of-Force Resolution. On October 10, 2002, Jeff Flake voted for H J Res 114, a resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. The resolution, however, required the administration to report to Congress that diplomatic options had been exhausted diplomatic options no later than 48 hours after military action had begun. The president was also required to submit a progress report to Congress at least every 60 days. The House passed the resolution 296-133. [Roll Call 455, S 114, 10/10/2002]
Flake Voted for Budget That Cut Veterans Benefits. In 2003, Congressman Jeff Flake voted for a budget that called for cutting $15 billion from veterans' benefits, including veterans' pensions, compensation, education and other benefits, over 10 years. [Letter from Edward R. Heath, National Commander, Disabled Veterans of America (Congressional Record, page H2547), 3/17/03; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote 82, 3/21/03]
Flake One Of Twelve Members To Vote Against New GI Bill, Increased Education Benefits For Veterans. According to Washington Post, "In a pair of bipartisan votes, the House yesterday approved $162 billion to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well into 2009 and a separate measure that would allow veterans returning from those battlefields to receive increased education benefits. The domestic spending measure, approved 416 to 12, also includes a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance for laid-off workers who have used all 26 weeks of their current benefits, and $2.65 billion for Midwest flood relief. [...]Under the program, often called the new GI Bill, veterans would receive enough money to pay even the most expensive state university tuition." [Roll Call 432, HR 2642, 6/19/08; Washington Post, 6/20/08]
Flake One of Three Members to Vote Against Providing On-Job and Vocational Training for Post 9/11 Veterans. According to the Associated Press, "A measure aimed at improving educational assistance for veterans since Sept. 11, 2001 awaits President Barack Obama's signature after passing the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, who said Thursday that education of veterans is a vital part of the nation's commitment to members of the armed services. The bill provides for less complex programs for veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, pays benefits for on-job and vocational training, and makes service members eligible for an annual book allowance. The measure passed the Senate on Monday before clearing the House on Thursday." [HR 3447, Vote 642, 12/16/10; Associated Press, 12/17/10]
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