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This week, the U.S. Senate took an historic vote and passed (75-22) the Webb-Hagel 21st Century GI Bill. The GI Bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month so now once the two legislative bodies reconcile any differences it will go to President Bush for his signature, signing it into law.

Or maybe not!

Bush along with his clone, McCain, is opposed to this particular legislation and has threatened a veto. Minnesota’s Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Norm Coleman both voted for the GI Bill. Only 2 of our representatives in the House voted against this legislation (Bachmann and Kline). 1st CD Congressman Tim Walz, my representative, voted for the legislation and delivered this speech in support on the floor of congress.


This legislation recognizes the sacrifice of ALL the women and men who have served, including our national guard and reservists who have paid a heavy price in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has strong non-partisan support in Congress and has the support of many veterans organizations, including the VFW and the American Legion. Senator McCain’s legislation is not as generous, would not treat the guard and reserve as equals and would require longer service times to be eligible for full benefits. Some may complain about the cost of this program but if we end our occupation of Iraq we will have plenty of extra cash on hand.

Peace & solidarity,



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The new GI Bill (HR 5740) is scheduled for a vote soon. Minnesota Central leaves an interesting comment on my previous post about the upcoming vote. Here is an excerpt:

FYI : The improved GI bill may be getting a vote this week. The House plans to add it as an amendment to the Iraq supplemental spending bill. Its smart strategy as the President may have difficulty in vetoing that bill. Currently there are 292 co-sponsors, so it should pass, but the hang-up is the Blue Dog Democrats who are concerned about the fiscal impact as it does not meet the PAYGO concept. The Blue Dogs are right and wrong … the GI Bill does not have the offsets to pay for it, but the entire Iraq supplemental does not either … how can they vote for Iraq funding but not domestic funding?

It should be a fun week … will Bachmann vote against the amendment but when it passes vote for the overall bill thus being able to say that she “supported the troops” ?

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) also sent out this urgent email today encouraging contact with congress to let them know to support the bill and to vote this week:

Last week, despite enormous momentum, a vote on the GI Bill was delayed by a small group of Democrats in the House. Believe it or not, they’re concerned about the cost of the bill, which amounts to less than 0.5% of war funding for the year. This is Washington ineffectiveness at its worst.

We’ve been pounding the pavement here in DC every day, meeting with all the key players in the fight for a new GI Bill, and today we need your support.

Please take a minute now to call your Representative, and urge them to show their support for a new GI Bill by voting to fund it this week. We’ve included some talking points at the bottom of this email that you can use during your call.

Despite deep bi-partisan support, the endorsement of every major veterans’ organization, and studies showing that a new GI Bill is a fiscally sound investment in our nation’s future, a few members of the House are standing in its way at this late, critical stage.

If you haven’t already, please take a minute now to call your Representative and tell them that you support education benefits for the men and women coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The new GI Bill (HR 5740) has broad bi-partisan support, and leading Democrats and Republicans have been fighting for it since day one. But thanks to this small group that is mounting an ill-advised opposition, the vote is going to be close, and we need your help to make sure Congress does the right thing.

In our view, the GI Bill is a cost of war, and a smart investment in one of the most motivated, deserving groups of people our country has to offer.

So please take a minute now to tell your Representative to show real support for our troops and veterans by supporting the new GI Bill.

After your call, please take a minute to tell us about it here.

Thank you for your continued support.


Patrick Campbell
Iraq Veteran
Legislative Director
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Peace & solidarity,


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I worked some overtime Sunday (Michelle would be proud), and had to drive the 30 miles home on a windswept I-90. After only traveling several miles and seeing 3 vehicles in the median and ditch I knew it would be a slow, stressful, and frustrating trip home. We did not receive any snowfall in SW Minnesota but the combination of 40 mph winds and a temperature hovering around 32 degrees created slippery conditions on most of the highway.

Allow me to make a few observations and points about winter driving in SW Minnesota on I-90.

1.  Please allow plenty of distance between vehicles. This is a prairie interstate not the metro area. There is plenty of room for everyone. I do not appreciate you riding up my ass when you can lose control at any moment.

2.  Do not drive in packs.I know sometimes it is lonely on the interstate out here with nothing but windmills, power-lines, and barren snow covered fields but better to be lonely than part of a multi-car pileup.

3.  Turn your damn lights on!  Yes, it is the middle of the day but with reduced visibility it helps make your vehicle more visible. Oh, yeah, it also is the law.

4.  Do not pass me on the slickest part of the road while you are talking on your cell phone. You can call your friends later when you are waiting for the tow truck to pull you out of the ditch.

OK, that’s enough of my rant. Time to think spring!

Here a few of our garden pictures from last summer to get you in the mood.

everything is coming up daisies



meditation pond



looking for worms


Peace & solidarity,



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