The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved provisions of President Obama’s jobs plan that found rare bipartisan appeal, including a proposal to give companies tax credits for hiring unemployed military veterans.
The veterans package proved too irresistible for Republicans to block, as they have most other pieces of Obama’s $447-billion jobs package.
The 94-1 vote on the eve of Veterans Day came as the jobless rate among Iraq and Afghanistan vets remains in double digits, higher than the 9% national unemployment rate.
Obama’s proposal was bolstered by attaching a popular House-passed bill that would provide job training for vets.
“It’s the right thing to do,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who co-sponsored the measure.