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