Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century G.I. Bill by a bipartisan and veto-proof 75-22 vote:
“This is an historic victory for America’s veterans. It further strengthens the finest military in world and enhances America’s security and economy. It is also a testament to what we can accomplish when we drop the futile and fruitless fight over which party supports our troops more and we work as partners in a bipartisan way.
“We have fought long and hard for the brave men and women who sacrifice for us, but no one has worked harder than Senators Webb, Hagel, Lautenberg and Warner. I hope President Bush watches closely what happened here today, and I hope he heeds the call of a bipartisan, veto-proof majority of Congress and the thousands of veterans who know we owe our veterans the support they deserve.”