"New York Deomcratic Senator Chuck Schumer rarely shies away from confrontation. He’s no stranger to the spotlight, and specializes in offering up media friendly soundbites. Now, as the Senate Minority Leader, he’s got an even stronger platform. Yet he may want to pick his battles wisely, as he learned when he went up against Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton." Read full story here
"The 114th Congress will be made up of 70 current members and 11 incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have served or are serving in the U.S. military. Three of the incoming members are Democrats; the other seven are Republicans. A number of veterans who are currently serving in the House decided to retire this year, and a small number lost re-election."
In all, only 97 members of congress will be veterans. Compared back to 1971 veterans made up 72 percent of members in the House and 78 percent in the Senate.
"Schumer told Cotton that the Senate had never previously confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day and if Cotton had been around eight years earlier, he’d know that Republicans didn’t extend that courtesy for incoming president Barack Obama. “Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton snapped. “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.”
This is the first of many examples that this current Congress may find itself seeing more of the current members that are Vets that it has in the past. Why? Because those in Congress that are Vets have the same determination that they did when they were in the active service. They will argue for what they believe is right regardless of how "it was done" before. They are team players but direct, accurate, professional and on a mission. Something that veteran congress members may not be accustomed to. Although in the minority, current congressmen that are vets may be making a larger impact than expected.
Time for a C-Gar