“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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.