Clark Fork Chronicle: Baucus, Tester call for answers to veteran unemployment

(Washington, D.C.) – Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester called on the Government Accountability Office today to produce a new report examining federal jobs programs for veterans in an effort to better serve Montana veterans and ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. Today’s request is part of Baucus and Tester’s longstanding effort to help Montana veterans find good-paying jobs, including their recent introduction of the VETs Jobs Bill to provide tax cuts for businesses who hire veterans.

“The unemployment level among our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is higher than it’s ever been, and it hits home even harder in Montana where we are proud to have more veterans than nearly any other state in the country. Something isn’t working and we’ve got to fix it, because no soldier returning home from service should be greeted with an unemployment check instead of a paycheck. This report will help us build on what’s working and cut what isn’t so we can reduce bureaucracy and increase jobs for our veterans,” Baucus said. “We will continue to fight to pass our VETs Jobs Bill to provide tax cuts to businesses who hire veterans and look for other ways to tackle veteran unemployment anyway we can.”

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