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Veteran Questions Frelinghuysen's Voting Record

John Paul Foley attended a town hall meeting in Roseland in June, where U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen was in attendance.

To the Editor:

I attended a town hall meeting on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Roseland Municipal Building that was conducted by Rodney Frelinghuysen, the Congressman representing NJ’s 11th district.

As a veteran who served this country, I have a special interest in understanding how and why our representatives vote on issues of war, the military, and veterans’ affairs. I asked Congressman Frelinghuysen three questions about his voting record: 

  1. Why did you vote against a house resolution to remove our troops from Afghanistan?
  2. Why did you vote against bills that would have provided clean water to our troops in Iraq and that would have given our military units with minimum rest periods between deployments to Iraq?
  3. Why did you vote against a bill that would have provided job training to men and women who served in our military?

Congressman Frelinghuysen never answered the first question. With respect to the second two, he replied as follows: “Veterans should never be second class citizens. I’ve always voted to support health care and job training for veterans.” When asked the third question, the Congressman actually denied ever having voted against any resolution that would provide health benefits and job training to men and women who served in our military.

Perhaps the Congressman misspoke because apparently, he did just that. And the proof is in Congressman Frelinghuysen’s voting record.

In 2011, he voted against a resolution to remove our military men and women from Afghanistan. H.R. 28, Roll Call 193, March 17, 2011.

In 2007, he voted against a bill giving our troops a longer break between deployments to places like Iraq and Afghanistan. H.R. 3159, Roll Call 796, August 2, 2007.

In 2006, he voted against a motion to provide a tax break on death benefits for windows and orphans of military personnel who died serving this country. H.R. 5122, Roll Call 144, May 11, 2006.

In 2005, he voted against a motion to provide job training to our vets. 
H.R. 27, Motion to Recommit, Roll Call 47, March 5, 2005.

In 2005, he voted against a motion that would have given men and women in the reserves the same access to healthcare as active-duty members.  
H.R. 1815, Roll Call 221, May 25, 2005.

In 2003, he voted against an amendment that would have provided better drinking water and health benefits for service men and women.  
H.R. 3289, Roll Call 546, October 16, 2003.

And these bills are just the tip of the iceberg. He voted over and over again to expand the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. He rejected over and over again any measure that would make the lives of our troops slightly more tolerable. He voted over and over again against aid to veterans.

It’s as if the Republican Party wants to have their cake, my cake, and your cake, and eat it too. Unfortunately, that is not the way it works.

As an educated constituent, I have difficulty supporting any candidate who supports veterans in their words, but not in the deeds of their voting record. 

—John Paul Foley
Roseland

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R. T. Floersheimer September 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
As a WWII vet I would defend Rodney Frelinghuysen to the death. He is not every- body's idea of a conservative, but he has enough of his agenda that I agree with that I will give him my vote. What is the realistic alternative anyway? A Democrat? Dick Floersheimer Florham Park
stewart resmer September 30, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Dick as a Vietvet who knows the pitiful statistics that my generation has suffered under. I am particularly offended at Mr Frelinghuysens deplorable voting record when it comes to veterans issues revealed here. Especially in light of the fact that yet another generation of veterans are eligble for benefits like the GOP just blocked. Senators Sessions & Shelby Help Kill Veterans Jobs Bill www.leftinalabama.com/diary/10113/senators-sessions-shelby-help-kill-vetera... Sep 20, 2012 ... The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training ... senators ( including Alabama's) picked up the banner once the bill made it ... Jeff Sessions - Left In Alabama Connecting Progressi... www.leftinalabama.com/tag/Jeff%20Sessions 6 days ago ... Senators Sessions & Shelby Help Kill Veterans Jobs Bill ... The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help ... [ More results from www.leftinalabama.com ] Republicans Block Veterans Job Corps Bill - NYTimes.com takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/g-o-p-blocks-veteran-jobs-bill/ Sep 19, 2012 ... Patty Murray, the bill's sponsor, said many Republicans won't ... afternoon blocked a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Bill after Jeff Sessions Mr Frelinghuysen does not get my vote on this singular point.
Paul Wolsko September 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Dick, I would not defend any politician to the death. Thank you for your service and, by the way; I am also a vet. I ask NOTHING from Uncle Sam because I am a vet, mainly due to the fact that I'm not a DISABLED vet. A DISABLED vet, due to a service-related problem, is a different thing entirely. And that is the problem. VA benefits SHOULD be means-tested for those vets who do not have service-related disabilities. In fact, it is, but there are lots of vets who are scamming the system. I was paid for my service - not much, but I was paid. I never expected much from Uncle Sam, after I was honorably discharged, other than to be left alone. I did my three-year hitch and built a life of my own. As far as Rodney goes, I'll probably vote for him as well, mainly due to the fact that no conservative choices exist. Also, all those benefits that he voted against are paid by YOU...if you are among those who happen to pay Income Tax.
John Daley October 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The first job of a Politician is to get elected. The second job of a Politician is to get reelected! All else comes in descending order depending on the contibutions involved.

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