Harmon “Buck” Buckland: Schaffer for Senate
October 26, 2008
Steamboat Springs — I was disappointed with the recent campaign attacks on U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer that sought to cast him as being anti-veterans. Although he may be opposed to big government and prohibitions on responsible energy exploration, he is not opposed to rewarding our veterans for their sacrifice to our great country. Setting aside his legislative positions for a moment, (former) Congressman Schaffer has three children that are in military officer training – including one at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs – and likely future veterans.
If anything, these attacks show that Congressman Udall is comfortable using our veterans for political gain and expose a voting record that is far weaker than Bob Schaffer’s. Although there are many votes that could be used to highlight a voting record that is even to the left of most of his colleagues in his own party and that make it clear that defense and the well-being of active and retired armed forces member are not his highest priorities, his vote against prioritizing funding to address backlogs in the Veterans Affairs department instead of National Science Foundation funding for polar bear research is remarkable (House Vote on H.R. 2620, Roll Call Vote No. 281, July 26, 2001).
While a congressman, Schaffer voted that polar bears are not more important than reducing VA backlogs. He also consistently has sought not just to increase funding for but also to improve veterans programs. As a Senator, Bob promises to actually prioritize veterans health care by eliminating less important federal funding commitments to ensure that veterans programs receive steady funding from the federal government without the need for yearly intense lobbying and politicization of the appropriations process. He has also promised to support legislation that would not offset military retirement pay with disability benefits and help veterans graduate from college debt free.
Bob has encouraged fellow Coloradans to show their appreciation for the sacrifice our veterans have made, including through an effort that saw Colorado businesses and individuals cover the cost of medals for local veterans celebrating the 50-year anniversary of D-Day and the “Valentines for Vets” program which enabled hundreds of Colorado children to show their appreciation for local war heroes through personalized cards.
The United Veterans Committee of Colorado has named Bob “Senator of the Year” for his service in the state Senate as chairman of the Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs, and “Legislator of the Year” for his support for veterans as a member of the House of Representatives. Colorado veterans know they can rely on Bob Schaffer to support them as Colorado’s next U.S. senator.
Harmon “Buck” Buckland
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