Washington, DC— Jim Manley, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked assistance to homeless veterans that was offered by Senator Murray today:
“Republicans have their priorities backwards – according to them, it’s OK to give tax breaks to CEOs who send American jobs overseas, but not to help out-of-work Americans and homeless veterans. As we’ve seen time and again, Republicans just want to protect special interests instead of working with Democrats to stand up for the middle class and get our economy back on track.”
See HERE for video of Senator Murray discussing this bill on the Senate floor this morning.
Over 100,000 Veterans Are Homeless. “VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness.” [National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, FAQ]
One-Fifth of the Homeless Population Are Veterans. “Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans.” [National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, FAQ]