“We’re very serious about trying to get bipartisan support,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who cited higher homelessness and joblessness among veterans.
“It’s just not right,” she said.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who has opposed Obama’s overall $447 billion jobs package, also joined the call to support the veterans piece.
“It is quite frankly shameful that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have a higher unemployment rate than the rest of America,” he said.
Tester noted that the legislation would direct the Department of Labor to look at translating military experience into civilian certifications or licenses that would accelerate veterans’ transitions into the labor force.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.