Congress Passes Border Jobs For Veterans Act – Will Obama Sign Off?

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Congress finally got something done

The Bill passed by Congress to provide border jobs for veterans was a no-brainer.

The border patrol for US and Mexico borders is funded for 2000 positions, but only 400 or so have been hired.  The delay is the lengthy security screening process the candidates must go through.

However, many retiring veterans have already gone through a security clearance, making the hiring process much smoother.  Add to that the fact that veterans are highly disciplined, have had arms training and are already of the mindset to protect our country, and you have a win-win situation.

We’re glad Congress finally got something right.  We don’t think the President will have a problem signing this bill.

You can read the story below.

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On Sept. 28, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a the bipartisan “Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015” in a unanimous vote.

The bill, backed by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, is on it’s way to President Barack Obama’s desk after passing the House in a 410-0 vote, Law 360 reports. The Senate has already unanimously passed the bill.

Flake told The Hill that the bill would increase the number of port officials along the United State’s southern border with Mexico, in part by requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to recruit more outgoing military personnel for the positions

Flake … explained that the DHS had been slow to hire due to the long screening process, as the job requires security clearance.

“We thought, well, what about veterans?” Flake said. “There are some 250,000 veterans a year that separate themselves for the military…. Who’ve already gone through a security clearance…

When asked whether he thought Obama would sign the bill, Flake said: “Yeah, I believe so. I can’t imagine that he would not back it.”

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