Time to Stand Together to Fix The Workplace Violence At Fort Hood

After watching Breaking Bad Sunday night and seeing what happened to ‘you know who,’ and how he was dragged across the desert and put ‘you know where,’ today I was still in grief that it happened and that the series is so close to an end. I was in no mood to hear that Nidal Hasan gave his almost $300,000 of taxpayer paid salary to undisclosed (secret from you and me) “charities.” After forcing taxpayers to fund aborting babies and denying parental rights in abortion and birth control decisions for their child, we can’t sink any lower. We are on our bellies.

Photo Courtesy of Austin Statesman.com, Ralph Barrera

Photo Courtesy of Austin Statesman.com, Ralph Barrera

Then I saw a headline today: Congress Mulling Fort Hood Heroes Act. What the heck is there to ‘mull.’

To mull is to  “brood over, chaw, consider, contemplate, delay, deliberate, examine,” etc.” There’s need for consideration, deliberation? On what points?

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News (with story)

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News (with story)

Legislation in the mulling pot:

Senate bill S.1500, Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act sponsored by Senator John Cornyn, sponsored by four Senators: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). And I thank them. Where is everyone else? The bill was introduced on September 12th, 2013 and referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Forces. Not a single Democrat and not a single co-sponsor from my home state of Oklahoma. 

There are two bills in the House. I’ve read the summaries. So long as they change the classification of Hasan’s charges and conviction to Terrorism or whatever gives the dead and the survivors the deserved benefits of dying and defending themselves against a Muslim jihadist, I’m happy.

1) Rep. Tom Rooney introduced H.R. 3049, Justice for Fort Hood and Little Rock Heroes Act on August 2, 2013. On the same date the bill was referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. There are 5 cosponsors: Representatives John R. Carter (R-TX-31st), Tim Griffin (R-AR-2nd), Michael McCaul (R-TX-10th), Frank Wolf (R-VA-10th). Not a single Democrat and not a single co-sponsor of my home state of Oklahoma. 

2) Rep. John R. Carter (R-TX-31) introduced H.R. 705, Fort Hood Victims and Families Benefits Protection Act on February 14, 2013. The bill was referred to the House SubCommittee on Military Personnel on march 6, 2013 – close to 6-1/2 months ago. There are 19 co-sponsors: Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX-26th), Steve Chabot (R-OH-1st), Ron DeSantis (R-FL-17th), Louie Gohmert (R-TX-29th), Tim Griffin (R-AR-2nd), Sam Johnson (R-TX-3rd), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2nd), Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24th), Michael McCaul (R-TX-10th), Tim Murphy (R-PA-18th), Steven Pearce (R-NM-2nd), Phil Roe (R-TN-1st), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2nd), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-3rd), Roger Williams (R-TX-25th) Frank Wolf (R-VA-10th). Not a single Democrat and not a single co-sponsor from my home state of Oklahoma.

The whole herd should have shown up by now in both Chambers, pen in hand – Democrat or Republican, it doesn’t make any difference. This is not political. We’re told the Department of Defense and the Secretary of the Army decided the killings were “workplace violence.” They are un-elected bureaucrats. We need to fix it and fix it soon.

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is the chair and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Find all members here.

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA-25th) is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Find all members here.

Rep. Joe Wilson is the Chairman of the SubCommittee on Military Personnel. Find all members here.

I hope you will call, email and tweet these Committees and encourage them to please move the legislation along. Do the same with your Congressperson and Senators. Please let the sponsors and co-sponsors know they have your full support.

I encourage Republicans in both Chambers to stand up and loudly shame Democrats for not co-sponsoring, for stalling, for whatever they may be doing to slow the process.

If any relative of any member of the House or Senate was wounded or killed by Nidal Hasan, we wouldn’t need a “Heroes Act.” Had the charge been appropriate originally, the wounded would be receiving the medical care and job assistance needed and the families of the dead would have deserved medals in their hands along with the casket flag.

The only issue I can find is that the dead and wounded were killed and wounded on U.S. soil, and so maybe…maybe it’s not really terrorism. That’s like saying your mutt hound-dog is really a pure bred. One look and no one believes it, and it cannot be proven.

Besides giving these families some much needed relief, if you really want to honor them, let the entire Congress sign on as co-sponsors and move these bills quickly to the floor. You don’t need much of a vote when everyone is co-sponsoring. Read the details of what Nidal Hasan did with your money here.

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  • Washington is getting more cowardly every day.

    • Woodsterman, this is another one I just don’t get! All this time, things sit in committees, people don’t talk about the legislation or point a finger at the Democrats – while the victims are suffering every day. Disgusting. If Congress can’t get this done, they are not capable of anything honorable.

  • No military base should be a gun-free zone. We can blame Bill Clinton on this. A few military men committed suicide by their service guns and he banned all guns on bases.

    Immediately all bases should take down the Gun-Free Zones signs and warn people that if you shoot a person on base, everyone will open fire on you.

    • findalis, I agree, and actually, it was shocking to me. The security on most bases are not MPs but contractors.

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  • bobmontgomery

    Maggie, they didn’t do anything about the NBPP affair in Philly over a slam dunk case of voter intimidation, etc, and more grievously, didn’t do anything about the resulting revelations that DOJ officials told employees they wouldn’t be about pursuing civil rights violations against white people. Then of course they didn’t do anything about Brian Terry. Then, when the Army Chief of staff said the loss of diversity would be worse than the loss of those thirteen warriors at Ft. Hood, they didn’t do anything about him, either. And they didn’t do anything about Benghazi, either. They’re not going to do anything about anything because all they’re about is photo ops and re-election rhetoric.
    Where is the Congressman or Senator who will stand up and say “jeb Bush, for having the audacity to stand up and give that award to the despicable Hillary Clinton after she let the Benghazi Four twist slowly in the wind and then mocked the investigation into their deaths, you deserve nothing but contempt from the American people. Do not think of running for national office.”?? Crickets. The only time Republicans will violate RR’s admonition tnot to speak ill of another Republican is when they’re speaking ill of a true conservative, traditional, patriotic, God-fearing Republican.

    • bobmontgomery, I had forgotten about the statement about diversity. All of it is so appalling. We’ve had a 3+year punch in the gut and it’s taken a long time for us to hit the ground. Despair is tough to fight off.