If you are a Texas voter, you know we have a race for the senate re-election of Senator John Cornyn. His opponent has spent his time criticizing Senator Cornyn's support of the White House backed version of the G.I. Bill improvements. The worm turned in favor of the version sponsored by the White House and rational leaders like John Cornyn recently as the House voted 416-12 last Thursday to add transferability to the bill.
As I've noted before, the main difference between the bill introduced by Senator Jim Webb and the bill supported by the White House and other strong supporters of military families, like Senator Cornyn, was the issue of transferability - the option of transferring G.I. education benefits to a spouse or children of the G.I. if the benefit is not used by the military member. Senator Cornyn grew up in a military family. Cornyn's father was an Air Force B-17 pilot and a German prisoner of war. Cornyn supports the mission of providing as much flexibility for the families of our military and encouraging retention of troops.
Rick Noreiga, running as a Democrat for Senator's Cornyn's seat in the Senate, shamelessly campaigned on his criticism of the bill that has now been sponsored by even the Democrats in the House of Representatives on Memorial Day weekend. While John Cornyn was attending a funeral of a fallen hero in Texas, Noreiga was making mean-spirited remarks to glorify himself as he campaigned.
Texas needs a Senator like John Cornyn, who puts politics aside and votes in favor of families, including military families, not another Democrat who is simply interested in his own personal ambitions to the determent of our voluntary military force.
I support Senator John Cornyn. Senator Cornyn looks to long term solutions, not the quick, easy short term.