Mar 10, 2014

Wisconsin GOP Targets Veterans with Mesothelioma in Bill Advancing Fast

Screw you veterans, says Wisconsin GOP,
Update: GOP shafts veterans again. "Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, said the bill presumes that 'somehow the corporations are the victims here, and not the men and women who were willing to put the lives on the line for their country.'" (Quorum Call)

Wisconsin Senators Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) should suffer from Mesothelioma cancer and maybe they would change this minds on their fetid bill that is a new low even for Wisconsin Republicans.

A despicable bill targeting veterans and anyone suffering from Mesothelioma placed on the Wisconsin Senate calendar by Republicans for consideration on March 11 should be national news. It's not. Wisconsin media is barely touching the story.

Wisconsin assembly Republicans passed a bill designed to thwart veterans' efforts to sue for legal recovery for damages relating to contracting Mesothelioma, "the aggressive and deadly form of cancer ... (for which) a cure is not possible." (Mayo Clinic)

The bill is supported by the Koch brothers and anti-consumer industries who give loads of money to Republicans.

The GOP bill, Assembly Bill 19, passed on a party-line vote on May 8, 2013 with all Republicans supporting passage, and all Democrats opposing, with two members not voting

Congressionally chartered veterans groups including the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the American Legion all oppose AB 19 because veterans are hit much harder and more often than the general population, and comprise a much higher death rate from this excruciating cancer ailment.

The bill is also opposed by the Wisconsin Council of Churches.

Supporting this legislation are the American Petroleum Institute, General Electric Company, GlaxoSmithKline Inc, Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, and Affiliates, Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin and other anti-consumer groups heavily contributing to Republicans.

Wisconsin Senate Bill 13, the companion bill to AB 19, is scheduled for a floor vote on March 11, after passing through the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor, on a party-line vote with all three Republican Committee members voting for passage and the two Democratic committee members voting against.

SB 13 was Introduced by Senators Grothman and Lasee, and cosponsored by Representatives Jacque, Honadel, Kuglitsch, Murphy, Schraa, Spiros, Stone, Strachota and Thiesfeldt. All Republicans.

Only Republicans and Tea Baggers would want to impede veterans suffering from mesothelioma.

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