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FIRST IN FOX NEWS FIRST: VETS GROUP PRESSURES SENATE DEMS ON VA BILL
Concerned Veterans for America is putting more than $500,000 towards a campaign aimed at pushing a bipartisan bill that would make it easier to uncover abuses and fire officials at the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation easily passed the House last week, but is stalled in the Senate. The ad campaign targets vulnerable Senate Democrats in a bid to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. From Concerned Veterans CEO Pete Hegseth: “This effort demonstrates how serious CVA is about finally bringing accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Last week’s House vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan—with Speaker [John Boehner], Nancy Pelosi and 388 of their colleagues voting for it. Yet, for reasons unknown, Senators Harry Reid and Bernie Sanders [I-Vt.] blocked the same bill in the Senate. These ads urge senators to show immediate leadership by co-sponsoring this commonsense VA accountability legislation and demanding it receive a vote.”
Hard hits - On the target list for the negative spots: Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va. The Shaheen ad is similar to the other pressure plays: “President Obama won’t hold the VA accountable. Senator Jeanne Shaheen can, but she’s done nothing, putting her loyalty toward party and the president ahead of America’s veterans.” Watch it here.
Soft touches - Concerned Veterans will also be airing ads thanking Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Richard Burr, R-N.C. for their support of the Senate measure as well as Reps. David Scott, D-Ga. and Jeff Miller, R-Fla., for helping to pass the House Bill. Here’s the spot praising Nelson. Hegseth said the other positive ads will follow the same format.