Senate Republicans Block Bill Boosting Veterans’ Benefits

WASHINGTON (February 27, 2014) Senate Republicans have blocked a Democratic bill that would enrich health, education and job-training programs for the nation's 22 million veterans.

The sweeping $21 billion measure covers a range of benefits including allowing more veterans to get in-state college tuition and fertility treatments for wounded troops.

Republicans complained that the bill was too expensive and they were upset that Majority Leader Harry Reid prevented a vote on a GOP amendment cutting the bill and adding sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program.

The Senate derailed the legislation on a 56-41 procedural vote.

Fifty-six senators voted to keep the bill alive, but supporters needed 60 votes to prevail.

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