Mar 30, 2004

House GOP Shafts Veterans

The next time your friendly neighborhood Republican accuses Democrats of being soft on defense and not supporting our troops, please remind them of the Budget vote in the House last week.

Not a single Democrat voted for the GOP Budget resolution which was pretty close to Bush’s request. A big part of the reason why we stood against it is that the GOP budget funds Veteran’s Affairs by $1.3 billion LESS than what the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee requested and $2 billion less than what groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion have pressed for.

In fact, you can point them to the following letters that outline the harm that these GOP cuts would cause.

Letter #1 - Steve Robertson, Director    
National Legislative Commission, American Legion

Letter #2 - Rick Jones , National Legislative Director, AMVETS
Joseph A. Violante, National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans
Richard B. Fuller, National Legislative Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America  
          Dennis Cullinan, National Legislative Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

You can learn more at www.independentbudget.org - a budget by veterans FOR veterans.


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