Can this bunch get any schmuckier?Congress has tried to help businesses run by disabled veterans, mainly by urging the government to give them more contracts. But the government seems to be resisting.
Here's how BushCo supports our Vets:
Lawmakers told every federal agency in 1999 that they should award 3 percent of their contracts to businesses owned by service disabled veterans. [...]
The Department of Defense, which accounts for more than half of all contracts issued by the federal government, spent nearly $220 billion on contracts in 2005, the latest year that data was available.
But just half of 1 percent of Pentagon contracts went to businesses run by service-disabled veterans, records show."What is so hard about doing business with men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country?" asked Democratic Sen. John Kerry... [...]
"There are no repercussions for not following the law," said Ted Daywalt, president of Vetjobs, an Internet job board for veterans. "It's like, 'So what?'"
Government-wide, less than 1 percent of all federal contracts have gone to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, according to the Senate report, which was issued in March but received little attention.