Hillary Clinton on Monday trashed the idea of cuts to the post-9/11 GI Bill that are supported in the Senate by her new running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.
Clinton spoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in North Carolina Monday, and said she would fight against cuts to housing allowances under the post-9/11 GI Bill. But while the package is bipartisan and has lots of support from Democrats, she blamed Republicans for the cuts.
"I will protect, preserve and defend the post-9/11 GI Bill," she said. "It has opened doors of opportunity to more than 1 million veterans and family members.
"Unfortunately, there are some Republicans in Congress chipping away at it," she added. "That's not just wrong, it is short-sighted."
The bill not only has many Democratic co-sponsors, but it has more Democratic support than Republican support — 28 Democrats are on the bill, along with 15 Republicans.
One of those Democratic supporters is Kaine, whom Clinton announced as her running mate late Friday.
The bill passed the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee unanimously, a sign the bill has broad support and would likely pass in the Senate easily.
The VFW itself also supports the Senate bill.
Clinton's speech at the VFW meeting was initially met with cheers, but a Wall Street Journal reporter said the crowd got more and more quiet the more she spoke.
Hillary Clinton was getting applause while standing up for NATO and diplomacy. Now nothing.— Ben Kesling (@bkesling) July 25, 2016