This is what I found:
I know some of my veteran friends on Facebook are pissed about it. I looked up the bill and it had non-veteran issues tied to it as well, such as the ability of the IRS to take away your passport for owed taxes. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:SN03457:@@@L&summ2=m& and http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.3457:
Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said the federal government already has six job-training programs for veterans and there is no way to know how well they are working. He argued that making progress on the country’s debt was the best way to help veterans in the long-term.
The Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty
The Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve
Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Veteran’s Upward Bound
Veteran’s Employment and Training
It not that Republicians didn’t want it, quite the opposite, they would like a better bill. One, that clean and paid for. Nuf Said...