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Senate Republicans All Refuse to Support the Troops

As a postscript to the post below on “credit or debit” - this is a complex problem, and there are good things and bad things about any bill. It’s worth looking at some of the proposed amendments - exceptions that provided additional protection for certain groups - that didn’t make it into the bill. One was this: “To protect service members and veterans from means testing in bankruptcy, to disallow certain claims by lenders charging usurious interest rates to servicemembers, and to allow servicemembers to exempt property based on the law of the State of their premilitary residence.”

This was proposed by a Democrat. All the Republicans voted against it, as well as half a dozen Democrats.

My reaction is - WTF? we're taking Reserves and National Guardsmen out of their jobs, taking them to Iraq, often at lower pay than they made at home, for months and years longer than anyone expected. Why not cut them some slack if they can't manage that financially?

There are two other proposed amendments worth mentioning - in each case, voted down by every single Republican:

"To exempt debtors from means testing if their financial problems were caused by identity theft."

"To limit the amount of interest that can be charged on any extension of credit to 30 percent."

I'm no expert on this, but come on. Victims of identify theft? 30% interest? Maybe, maybe, we do need a bankrupcy reform bill. But maybe we don't need this one.

Support the troops, Watchbloggers. Write your Republican Senator and tell them to get some spines and right legislation for all their constitutents, not just the ones that can afford lobbyists. And tell them their votes on "Durbin Amdt. No. 16" - the exception for the troops - have been noted, and will not be forgotten.

Posted by William Cohen at March 6, 2005 12:22 PM