Idaho Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 38 other GOP colleagues to block a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Act. The bill needed 60 votes to advance. The final tally was 58 to 40. All 40 opponents were Republicans.
The Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012 would have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to federal, state and local agencies in order to hire veterans.
A New York Times editorial chastised the opponents of the measure:
"It makes sense for the 99 percent of Americans to find new ways to pay their debt to the 1 percent who serve in uniform. To most people, (Washington state) Sen. Patty Murray's bill would seem like one decent way to do that. But not if you're one of those Republicans in Washington who thinks it's more important in an election year to deny Democrats a success or accomplishment of any kind."