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.