Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Why would McCain vote against veterans rights?

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. At the time, nearly 65% of people polled in a CNN poll indicted that "things are going either moderately badly or very badly in Iraq.

July 2007: McCain voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq. At the time, an ABC poll found that 63% thought the invasion was not worth it, and a CBS News poll found that 72% of respondents wanted troops out within 2 years.

March 2007: McCain was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all combat troops within one year. Around this time, an NBC News poll found that 55% of respondents indicated that the US goal of achieving victory in Iraq is not possible. This number has not moved significantly since then.


February 2007: For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote against a resolution condemning it. However, at the time a CNN poll found that only 16% of respondents wanted to send more troops to Iraq (that number has since declined to around 10%), while 60% said that some or all should be withdrawn. This number has since gone up to around 70%.

June 2006: McCain voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

Update 2:

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

Update 3:

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000. To his credit, he also voted against the 2001 Bush tax cuts, which he now supports making permanent, despite the dire financial condition this country is in, and despite the fact that he indicated in 2001 that these tax cuts unfairly benefited the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Update 4:

In response to Dolly. My father is a Viet Nam vet, and my uncle is a retired brigadier general. I have another uncle that served during the Korean war, and his benefits have run out. His family is now paying through the nose to keep him in a nursing home.

13 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    You would think that he (of all people) would be in favor of veterans. I guess he just wants to get them to war and to hell with them afterward. Scary and certainly not someone we need as our President.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When your active duty you get free healthcare. VA health care isn't that bad. If you have a service injury they get to you quick. If your poor they get to you quick. If your middle class you should have your own insurance if your no longer in the military. We need more troops in the middle east I have done deployments with 4 months rest then when I got back to America got shiped to schools in 3 diff states till time to leave again. It sucks but thats what you sighn up for. The more troops over there the less that die every day. Unless they start the draft or people get off the couch and join up thatis the way it has to be.

  • 1 decade ago

    He didnt - he voted against changing the policies

    under the democrats new policy you could join the service for 1 year or 6 weeks and quit and go to college for free. the democrats also put in the plan that the spouse could use the college money.

    how many Americans would join the service for 6 weeks for free college?

    America would be broke

  • 1 decade ago

    its because our goofy congress can,t seem to ever present a bill to vote up or down on, like how about a bill on abortion only, or only a farm bill, or a minimum wage bill, every bill has some lame pork barrel thing attached to it and parties are equally responsible for this lunacy. the republicans and democrats take turns playing good cop and bad cop at everyones expense.

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  • CM
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I do not know the specifics on this bill, but I do know that on every bill they have little "fine print" that is tagged on to the bill. They put this stuff in there in hopes that either no one reads it or so they have to get the fine print in order to get the other stuff through as well. I would say he voted against it because there was some fine print that he didn't like.

    The question you should be asking is why did Obama vote against making English the national language?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    McCain did not like the Democrats put to much PORK

    on this bill

    McCain has another bill that will give the vet's a better deal

  • 1 decade ago

    I thank god our gov't does not rely on polls done by CNN to decide what to do about foreign affairs.

    Clinton was in office 8 years and couldn't pull us out of the middle east, WTF makes people think it's something so simple?

    Source(s): Prior military, hubby is still military, 5 tours combined.
  • 1 decade ago

    Like you care about veterans except to use it as an issue against your political opponents.

  • I agree it makes little sense and his supporter will probably have some odd-leprechuan-and-unicorn-prancing-in-a-meadow reason. I dunno. But he's also against universal healthcare so it makes enough sense.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    McCain has voted against every single vet bill. The only reason I see is that he doesn't support the soldiers nor care about their health care.

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