I see Sen. Mitch McConnell is again taking credit for helping workers at the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant who have been diagnosed with cancer.
But 26 years ago, when McConnell was just in his first term in the Senate, in April 1988, he voted against compensation for World War II veterans and survivors of veterans who participated in U.S. nuclear tests or in the occupation of Hiroshima or Nagasaki and suffer from radiation exposure by opposing passage of H.R. 1811.
Over the years, McConnell has gone on to compile a terrible record on veteran’s issues. A few examples:
In 1991, he refused to cut funding for the space station from $2 billion to $100 million and transfer $431 million of the savings to veterans programs.
In 1993, he voted against making veterans eligible for national service educational awards.
In 2004, he voted against increasing veteran’s medical care by $2.7 billion by reducing tax breaks for the wealthy.
In 2006, with more servicemen and women coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, he voted against increasing funding for veterans medical services by $1.5 billion by closing corporate tax loopholes.
Despite having never served in the military, Mitch McConnell has gone out of his way to vote against the interests of America’s veterans such as myself. This year, we have the chance to finally retire McConnell so he can’t hurt us for another six years.
Jan Culwell, Cadiz