Here are the highlights:
2) There are already 6 other vet jobs programs in place, and they didn't have any numbers on how effective those 6 were
3) Planned spending for the program would violate an existing spending/budget agreement.
The Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program, launched by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), is a public/private partnership valued at $400 million over eight years that is designed to benefit consumers by developing technologies to increase America’s domestic oil and gas production and reduce the Nation’s dependency on foreign imports.
So while 6 vet job bills have already been enacted, and there isn't any data yet on the success or failure of these bills, we should take $ from the above project and claim it pays for another "jobs bill".
Even more ridiculous is that if we do a bit of math we can see that this was an 8 year partnership which began in 2005. So 2012 minus 2005 = 7 years. So basically we will take the last year of funding from this project (only 50 Million) and claim that it pays for an additional "jobs bill" that will cost 1 billion dollars?
If you want to claim the above program is not a worthy project, that is your opinion and your right. I don't know how worthy it is myself. Point is, no matter how you spin it, it is still taking jobs away from one group of people to supposedly pay for (when in fact it doesn't) a vet jobs bill when we already have SIX vet jobs bills out there.
Wouldn't it be more prudent to wait and see if the first six were successful before we throw another billion at the situation?