GOP Rejects Added VA Hospital Funds

  1. washington-republicans on tuesday defeated a democratic effort to provide almost $2 billion in additional healthcare funding for veterans, rejecting claims that veterans affairs hospitals were in crisis.

    the proposal was part of an $80.6-billion emergency spending bill for the wars in iraq and afghanistan and other military costs. the bill is slightly less than the $82 billion president bush sought and the $81.4 billion approved by the house.sen. patty murray (d-wash.) proposed providing $1.98 billion in additional funding for veterans' care. she said va hospitals were underfunded and overcrowded. "there's a train wreck coming," murray warned.

    republicans denied that the va facilities had such serious problems. they noted that the bush administration had said the additional funding wasn't needed and that it had enough money to cope with emergencies.

    murray's proposal was defeated in a 54-46 vote, mostly along party lines.

    vote more money for the war but none for the clean up
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    anyone surprised, really? Some would argue that the whole VA system should be scrapped (right here on the boards this was suggested), but they then fail to address the problem of coming up with a viable replacement. I think this is so typical of this administration, just as vets come home from their latest war, injured forever, they would not add funds to help them. Why would anyone be surprised? grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  4. by   barefootlady
    GWB just made a special trip to talk to some active duty service people and assure them their needs would always be taken care of just this week in NC.
    I agonized over this for weeks when I read he had approved a budget with deep cuts to the VA. Our vets deserve better. God bless every one of them.